Carlos Alcaraz’s name would be etched in the history books as the second-youngest player to win the Madrid Open and the only player to defeat, Rafael ‘King of Clay’ Nadal and current World No 1 Novak Djokovic in a single clay surface tournament.
Carlos easily dispatched the No 3 Alexander Zverev to capture his second ATP Masters 1000 title of the 2022 season and a first Madrid Open title.
Friday: Defeats Nadal
Saturday: Defeats Djokovic
Sunday: Defeats Zverev
— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 8, 2022
This title would surely be very special for the young Spaniard. The Manolo Santana Stadium was lit up by Carlos’s superior athleticism with which he overpowered his opponent.
The German tennis star Alexander Zverev was left flabbergasted with the variety of shots and relentless hitting by Carlos Alcaraz. With this win in Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz has won his seventh straight Top 10 win and a tour-leading fourth title of the year.
Carlos will also rise to the second place in the Pepperstone ATP Race to Turin, as he anticipates making his debut in the prestigious Nitto ATP Finals slated to be held in November.
Carlos Alcaraz cruises past Alexander Zverev to win his first Madrid Open title
Carlos Alcaraz just took 62 minutes to win against Alexander Zverev.
By this win, the 19-year-old would be the second-youngest player after Rafael Nadal to win two Master 1000 titles, after winning the Miami Open in March and now the Madrid Open. Rafael Nadal got two ATP 1000 titles after winning in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005 when he was just 18 years old.
This must surely be a dream run for Carlos Alcaraz, as he not only won the title but also eliminated Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the same court clay event.
This is the first time since 2007 that any player has defeated three top four players in a Masters 1000 event. Previously this was done by David Nalbandian.
Alexander Zverev was all praises for Carlos Alcaraz in the trophy ceremony,
“I want to congratulate Carlitos. Right now you are the best player in the world,”
“It is great for tennis that we have such a new superstar that is going to win so many Grand Slams, that is going to be World No. 1 and I think is going to win this tournament many more times.”
Time has certainly changed a lot for young Carlos. Just a year ago he was ranked 120 on the ATP rankings. And now after all this glory and his recent exploits, he would be at an all-time high of Rank 6.