Monday, 2 October, 2023

Alcaraz urges Spain's King Felipe to support him

Carlos Alcaraz told Spain's King Felipe VI to come to more of his matches after the monarch watched his compatriot end Novak Djokovic's reign as Wimbledon champion in an epic final on Sunday.

Alcaraz defeated seven-time champion Djokovic 1-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to claim his first Wimbledon title and second at the majors.

The 20-year-old Spaniard's tireless display wore down Djokovic over four hours and 42 minutes, with the champion admitting he took inspiration from the presence of the King in the royal box.

"It's special to play in front of royalty. King Felipe, I am really proud that you are here supporting me," Alcaraz said during his post-match interview on Centre Court.

"When I played in front of you twice, twice I won, I hope you are coming more! It is really special and I have to thank you for coming and supporting."

As well as the King's support, Alcaraz, who won the US Open last year, enjoyed huge backing from the majority of the Centre Court crowd, who roared him to victory in the final set.