May 23, 2022

Carlos Alcaraz beats Alexander Zverev to clinch Madrid Open

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Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz beat German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in 62 minutes to win the Madrid Open title and keep his 10-game winning streak. The 19-year-old  beat compatriot Rafael Nadal and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on his way to seal his second consecutive Masters 1000 crown after victory last month in Barcelona. Follow us for more tennis predictions today and free betting tips

“This tournament is special for me because it’s a tournament I came and watched when I was seven or eight,” said Alcaraz. “I was able to win with the support of all the people.” Alcaraz ended Zverev’s aim to win his second consecutive Madrid title, and third overall. “Right now you are the best player in the world,” Zverev told Alcaraz. Alcaraz had 11 unforced errors compared to 25 by Zverev.

“Even though you are still 5 years old, you are still beating us all, so great to see for tennis that we have such a new superstar who is going to win many Grand Slams, who is going to be No. 1 and is going to win this tournament many times,” Zverev added. The teenage star will now climb to No. 6 in the world in the next release of the rankings.

Earlier, Alcaraz clinched his third title of the season after beating Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2 in the Barcelona Open final, becoming the youngest player to make it to the top 10 of the ATP world rankings. He also beat Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 to win the Miami Open, his first Masters title at just 18 years of age, the youngest to ever win the said title.

He became the third-youngest winner of a Masters 1000 title after compatriot Rafael Nadal and American Michael Chang. He also became the youngest teenager to make back-to-back semi-finals and the first Spanish man to triumph in Miami. Alcaraz won the Rio Open in February and the Umag in July last year, becoming the youngest tour-level champion since Kei Nishikori won at Delray Beach in 2008. 

Just a day after the win, Alcaraz announced that he will skip the Rome Masters to recover from an ankle injury ahead of the French Open later this month. “Due to the fall that I had, the ankle, I had a problem and this morning it was a little more swollen. Also I had a blister in my feet which was a little bit infected and it’s been a little bit tough start to the day,” Alcaraz told reporters.

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