Alcaraz had already switched off in the semi-final last year’s winner Hubert Hurkacz from Poland.
Ruud, who had donated the German number 1 Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the hard course tournament doped with around 8.6 million US dollars in Florida, found in particular in the second sentence to rarely remedy against the most pruning game of the world ranking number 16.
“I’m absolutely speechless and so happy,” said the Giant Talent: “I’ve always tried to attack, not to dominate him.”
Alcaraz needed almost two hours to transform his first matchball and is now the third-tied winner of a Masters – younger were only American Michael Chang in Toronto and Grand Slam record winner Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo.
Alcaraz, who was able to win the next generation ATP Finals last year, will be in the first time eleven the world ranking for the first time.
Ruud moves into seven rank.