Carlos Alcaraz beats Alexander Zverev to clinch Madrid Open title

On his way to the final, Carlos Alcaraz had beaten Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

By Web Desk
May 09, 2022
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MADRID: Carlos Alcaraz, a Spanish youngster, won the Madrid Open final against reigning champion Alexander Zverev, capping off a remarkable week.

The 19-year-old, who has already defeated Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, brushed past the German second seed 6-3 6-1.

It's Alcaraz's second Masters 1000 championship, following his victory in Miami last month, and his fourth of the year.

Before the French Open later in May, he is expected to climb to sixth place in the world.

"This tournament is special for me because it's a tournament I came and watched when I was seven or eight," Alcaraz said.

From the outset, Alcaraz outplayed and outfought the German, who was hunting the third title in the Spanish capital.

Zverev appeared completely out of sorts and unable to deal with the sport's emerging star.

Alcaraz broke to take the first set 4-2 and never looked back, exciting the home fans with his diversity of skills and keeping his opponent on the move.

In the second set, the youngster broke his opponent three times to win in one hour and four minutes.

Zverev blamed his poor performance on the schedule.