Thursday, 26 May, 2022

Teenager Alcaraz clinches Madrid Open title

Teenager Alcaraz clinches Madrid Open title
Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz poses for a photo with the trophy after winning the 2022 ATP Tour Madrid Open tennis tournament men’s singles final on Sunday. – AFP PHOTO

Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz raced to the Madrid Open title on Sunday, brushing aside German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in 62 minutes.

The victory in just over an hour, took the 19-year-old's winning streak to 10 matches and gave him a second consecutive title after victory last month in Barcelona.

Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on his way to the Madrid final -- a first in a clay court tournament -- and will climb to No. 6 in the world on Monday. Alcaraz, who turned 19 on Thursday, captured a second ATP Masters 1000 level title after Miami in March. The only younger player to reach that milestone was Nadal, who won in Monte Carlo and Rome when they he was 18. "This tournament is special for me because it's a tournament I came and watched when I was seven or eight," said Alcaraz.The fans offered him noisy support.

"It was a spectacular atmosphere," he said. "I was able to win with the support of all the people."

The German second seed was impressed.

Alcaraz did not allow Zverev a single break point in the match while putting pressure on the German's serve.

The German second seed, had come into the final with a nine-match winning streak in Madrid, but, after holding in the first game of the second set, he unravelled.