MADRID: Cameron Norrie gave Carlos Alcaraz nothing on Thursday at the Madrid Open. But the Spaniard kept the party going with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3 triumph in front of his home supporters at Manolo Santana Stadium on his 19th birthday.
The victory places Alcaraz at No. 7 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, putting him in an all-Spanish quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal. If he wins Nadal and Andrey Rublev loses against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday, he will move up to No. 6.
Norrie, the ninth seed, battled him hard throughout, breaking service once in each of the first two sets and creating four break opportunities in the third, but he could never get ahead in the match score.
Alcaraz will be meeting Nadal on Friday (today).
"Honestly, I don't know. I always say that he [Nadal] has 1,000 lives. He dies, and he survives, in every tough match for him. I think if I play a pretty good game, I'll have chances to win," Alcaraz said.