MADRID (AP) – Carlos Alcaras ended another impressive week with a victory over Alexander Zverev on Sunday to win the Madrid Open and become the second youngest player to win two Masters 1000 titles.
After defeating his idol Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and best Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, the Spanish teen sensation comfortably defeated No. 3 Zverev 6-3, 6-1.
The Beasts tried to win their second title in a row in Madrid and third overall.
“Now you are the best player in the world,” Zverov told 19-year-old Alcaras. “Even though you’re still 5 years old, you’re still beating us all, it’s so nice to see in tennis that we have such a new superstar who will win a lot of Grand Slam tournaments, who will be number 1 and going to win this tournament many times. ”
Alcaras became the youngest winner in Madrid and the second youngest to win two Masters 1000 trophies after Nadal won in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005. Alcaras has already become the youngest to enter the top 10 since Nadal did so in 2005.
It was the seventh win in a row over a player from the top 10 for Alcaraz, and his fourth title of the round this year. He also has the highest number of victories this season – 28, one more than Stefanas Tsitsipas.
Alcaras won his first Masters 1000 in Miami earlier this year. He also won in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. His first career title was won in Umag last year.
Alcaras ’three losses this season came from Sebastian Cordi in Monte Carlo, Nadal in Indian Wells and Matteo Berrettini in the Australian Open.
After long victories in three sets over Nadal and Djokovic, Alcaras kept his energy from the start against Zverev and controlled the entire match on the central court of “Caja Mágica”.
He did not face break points and realized four of the eight he had against the Beast sown under the second crop. Alcaras had 11 unforced errors against 25 in Zverevo.
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