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As Alcaraz rises, let's avoid the next-Rafa comparisons

Carlos Alcaraz, 18, is closing in on a top-10 spot in the ATP rankings after his recent victories. REUTERS
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In Miami, heat. Carlos Alcaraz is airborne and his racket is cocked like a cowboy's six-gun. It's 5-5, first set of the final, Norwegian Casper Rudd is serving at 15-30 and a burning forehand comes searing cross-court at 164kmh.

Winner. Alcaraz nods his head in approval of his act. Break point created. First set soon taken.

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