Madrid – when Carlos Alcaraz He played in his first Madrid Open when he was 18 years old, and his goal was to gain experience and learn from the best players.
After only one year, Alcaraz feels that it is among the best.
The Spanish teen star capped another exciting week with a straight-set victory Alexander Zverev Sunday to win the Madrid Open and become the second youngest player to win two Masters 1000 titles.
“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 said. “Now it’s different. I go to the field knowing I can win, and I’m sure I can win at any moment.”
Alcaraz became the youngest winner in Madrid and the second youngest to win two Masters 1000 titles after Nadal’s victories in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005. Alcaraz was already the youngest player to enter the top 10 since Nadal did so in 2005.
It’s a great feeling to be able to beat these guys,” said the 19-year-old Alcaraz. The best week of my life.”
It was his seventh consecutive win over a top-10 player for Alcaraz, and his fourth title this year. He also has the most wins this season with 28, over one Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zverev was trying to win his second title in a row with Real Madrid and his third overall. He only praised Alcaraz after the match.
“Now you are the best player in the world,” Zverev said before the cup ceremony. “Even though you’re still five years old, you still beat us all, and it’s so great to see that in tennis that we have a new star who will win many major tournaments, who will be No. 1 and will go on to win this tournament many times.”
Alcaraz won his first Masters 1000 in Miami earlier this year. He also won in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. His first professional title came in Umag last year.
After a lengthy three-set victory over Nadal and Djokovic, seventh seed Alcaraz kept his energy high from the start against Zverev and was in control throughout the match at Central Court Kaja Magica.
He faced no break points and converted four of the eight he had against second seed Zverev. Alcaraz had 11 non-compulsory fouls compared to Zverev’s 25 fouls.
“I am 19 years old and I think it is the key to being able to play long and difficult matches in a row. I feel better physically,” Alcaraz said.
It was great to win in Madrid, he said, as he started watching tennis for the first time at a young age.
“Watching Rafa lifting the trophy gave me a lot of strength to work hard at this moment,” Alcaraz said. “It’s a great moment for me. It’s the first tournament I’m watching, so lifting the cup today is very moving.”
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