Carlos Alcaraz defeats Alexander Zverev in 2022 Madrid final | tennis news
Carlos Alcaraz is the “best player in the world right now”, the most exciting player since the Big Three and destined to rewrite the history of tennis.
Teenager Carlos Alcaraz continued his rise by demolishing Alexander Zverev in the Madrid final, leaving the German to say: “Carlitos, you are the best player in the world right now.”
Two weeks before the start of Roland Garros, the young Spaniard swept away his third-ranked opponent 6-3 6-1 in 62 minutes to continue a run that signals tennis to a new power.
“Djokovic is the No. 1 in the standings. You know, because I won Barcelona and yesterday in Madrid I beat Djokovic and Rafa, I don’t consider myself the best player in the world, “said Alcaraz.
“It’s great to be able to beat these players,” he added. “To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the no. 3. He is a great player. I would say this is the best week of my life, “Alcaraz said in his interview on the pitch.
Before last year’s Madrid tournament, Alcaraz was in 120th place in the world. He’ll hit number six on Monday.
Along the way he became the youngest US Open quarterfinal of the Open era last September, then won his first Masters 1000 title in Miami in early April.
Sunday’s victory resulted in a second Masters 1000 title. The only youngest player to reach this milestone was Rafael Nadal, who won in Monte Carlo and Rome when he was 18.
Zverev has no doubts about where the teenager’s trajectory is going. “It is great to see for tennis that we have a new superstar who will win so many Grand Slams and become number 1 in the world,” said the German.
Alcaraz entered the tournament fresh from victory in Barcelona. In Madrid, on Thursday he turned 19 and in the following two days he fought against Nadal in two hours and 28 minutes and Novak Djokovic in 3 hours and 36 minutes.
“I’m 19, which I think is the key to being able to play long and difficult games in a row. I feel great physically, “he told her.
The atmosphere on Sunday did not reach the fervor of the day before as Alcaraz took control early and took his fastest win of the week.
Even so, “it was a spectacular atmosphere,” he told the crowd at the end. “This tournament is special to me because it is the first tournament I saw when I was seven or eight,” said Alcaraz.
“Watching Rafa lift this trophy so often has given me a lot of power to work hard for this moment.”
The second seeded German was impressed. “Carlitos, you are the best player in the world right now. Even though you’re still five, you’re still beating us all, “he told Alcaraz on the pitch after the match.
Alcaraz has not conceded a single break point to Zverev.
Alcaraz broke in the sixth game and comfortably held his serve to take the first set.
The German hero serves in the first game of the second set but then he unraveled. Alcaraz galloped for the next five games and leading 0-40, Zverev saved three match points but then committed a double foul on two and again on the fourth match point.
The German saved three but then served a fifth double foul of the match to deliver the victory to Alcaraz.
“Even though I lost pretty badly today, this is still my favorite pitch in the world,” added Zverev, champion in the Spanish capital in 2018 and 2021.
Alcaraz said he will miss Roma after the game to ensure he is physically “100%” for his inclination for the first Grand Slam in France.
– with AFP
Originally published as Teenager Carlos Alcaraz has completely taken control of tennis