Carlos Alcaraz completes dominant Madrid run with title over Alexander Zverev

Carlos Alcaraz completes dominant Madrid run with title over Alexander Zverev

MADRID — When Carlos Alcaraz performed in his first Madrid Open as an 18-year-old, his function was once to realize enjoy and be told from the highest gamers.

Just a 12 months later, Alcaraz already feels he belongs one of the best.

The Spanish teenage sensation capped every other spectacular week with a straight-sets victory over Alexander Zverev on Sunday to win the Madrid Open and grow to be the second-youngest participant to win two Masters 1000 titles.

His comfy 6-3, 6-1 win over Zverev adopted victories over his idol Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals and top-ranked Novak Djokovic within the semifinals.

“Last year I was going through these experiences for the first time, playing against the best players, playing in the Masters 1000, and I learned a lot,” Alcaraz mentioned. “Now it’s different. I go onto the court knowing that I can win, with the confidence that I can win at any moment.”

Alcaraz turned into the youngest winner in Madrid and the second-youngest to win two Masters 1000 trophies after Nadal gained in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005. Alcaraz had already grow to be the youngest to go into the highest 10 since Nadal did it in 2005.

“It feels great to be able to beat these players,” mentioned Alcaraz, 19. “To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the world No. 3. He is a great player. I would say this is the best week of my life.”

It was once the 7th directly win over a top-10 participant for Alcaraz, and his tour-leading fourth identify of the 12 months. He additionally has probably the most wins this season with 28, yet one more than Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Zverev was once looking to win his moment consecutive Madrid identify, and 3rd general. He had handiest reward for Alcaraz after the fit.

“Right now you are the best player in the world,” Zverev mentioned prior to the trophy rite and joked about his opponent’s age. “Even though you are still 5 years old, you are still beating us all, so great to see for tennis that we have such a new superstar who is going to win many Grand Slams, who is going to be No. 1 and is going to win this tournament many times.”

Alcaraz had gained his first Masters 1000 event in Miami previous this 12 months. He had additionally gained in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. His first profession identify got here in Umag closing 12 months.

Alcaraz’s 3 losses this season got here in opposition to Sebastian Korda in Monte Carlo, Nadal in Indian Wells and Matteo Berrettini within the Australian Open.

After lengthy three-set wins over Nadal and Djokovic, the seventh-seeded Alcaraz saved his top power from the beginning in opposition to Zverev and was once in regulate all over the fit on the “Caja Mágica” middle courtroom.

He did not face any ruin issues and transformed 4 of the 8 he had in opposition to the second-seeded Zverev. Alcaraz had 11 unforced mistakes in comparison to 25 through Zverev.

“I am 19 years old, which I think is the key to be able to play long and tough matches in a row. I am feeling great physically,” Alcaraz mentioned.

He mentioned it was once particular to win in Madrid, the place he first began gazing tennis at an early age.

“Watching Rafa lift this trophy gave me a lot of power to work hard for this moment,” Alcaraz mentioned. “It is a great moment for me. It is the first tournament I watched, so lifting the trophy today is so emotional.”

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