There’s no stopping Carlos Alcaraz. The 19-year-old Spaniard stunned World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a marathon semi-final battle at the Madrid Open to reach the final of the Masters 1000 tournament. Alcaraz defeated Djokovic 6-7, 7-5 and 7-6 in a match lasting three hours.
Carlos Alcaraz was the first person to make it to the finals of a clay court tournament, after defeating Rafael Nadal in back-toback matches and Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz is viewed as the future of men’s singles tennis. However, he only beat Nadal in three sets in Friday’s men’s doubles quarterfinal.
Alcaraz was also the youngest finalist in the Madrid Open. The 19-year-old broke Nadal’s record from 2005 by just 4 months. It was Carlos Alcaraz’s fourth final this year. He broke Nadal’s record of 2005 by just 4 months. The brilliant run this year has helped him break into the top 10 for the first time in his career and the journey to the Madrid Open final is likely to lift him to No. 6.
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BEATING THE BEST
Speaking about his dream run at Madrid Open, Alcaraz said beating two of the greatest names in the sport – Nadal and Djokovic – will only boost his confidence as he heads into the final on Sunday. He said that he played a good match and believes that he can play against top players around the world.
He will be facing the defending champion Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tisipas. They met in Saturday’s late semifinal.
Alcaraz won the match with a third point, which he converted in the final to win the title before a large home crowd at the Caja Magica centre court.
On the other hand, Novak Djokovic, who missed out on the Australian Open over the much-publicized visa row, is still searching for his first title of the season. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champions is slowly but surely getting to form in the lead up to this month’s French Open.