Carlos Alcaraz Makes Tennis History
Alcaraz made his way to the top by racing past Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals and Novak Djokovic in the semis. He topped it all off with a stunning 6-3, 6-1 victory over Zverev during the final round.
New Record For Young Star
2021 had been a steep learning curve all-round, said the 19-year-old after his stunning victory. He said last year saw him going up against the very best for the first time in his career, and that he had learned a great deal from the experience.
This year, he said, get gets to go into every game knowing he’s able to win. He said this new-found confidence is what’s driving him forward at the moment.
Alcaraz now trails only Rafa Nadal as the second-youngest player to enter the top 10.
The youngster said the week leading up to the Madrid Open final had been the best week of his life. He said knowing he’s able to beat the world’s top 3 has been a life-changing experience.
Zverev, who had been chasing his second consecutive Madrid Open victory, had much praise for the teenage sensation after the match. He told Alcaraz how even at a young age, he’s now in the league of beating all the greats, and that it lifts his heart to see a new superstar in the making – and one that will eventually become world No. 1.
Madrid A Special Win
Alcaraz won his first Masters 1000 tournament in Miami earlier this year. He also claimed titles in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.
His three losses for the year came against Nadal at Indian Wells, Matteo Berrettini in the Australian Open, and Sebastian Korda in Monte Carlo.
But against Zverev on Sunday, the youngster had managed to keep his cool and wit about him, and his energy high. He remained in control all throughout the title-sealing the match. No break points were faced, and he managed to convert four of the eight he had against his second-seeded opponent.
Alcaraz said he felt amazing physically, and that he believes the key to ongoing success to be to keep playing tough and long matches against the world’s best.
He said the Madrid Open had been the first tournament he had watched as a young boy, and that this had made Sunday’s victory all the more rewarding on a personal level.