Carlos Alcaraz dismantles Alexander Zverev in the Madrid final: there are no limits for this youngster

Ironically, it was in the Caja Mágica – magic box in English – that Calos Alcaraz unleashed all his magic.

In the final of the ATP Masters in Madrid, the 19-year-old Spaniard lived up to his reputation as the hottest player on the ATP Tour (38 wins and thus the maximum this year) and led none other than Olympic champion Alexander Zverev , his number three in the world, in a surprisingly one-sided game.

The reward was the fifth victory of the tournament and the second Masters trophy this calendar year for Alcaraz, which he held in the Spanish sky in the rain of confetti.

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“At the moment you are the best player in the world”, the German number one dignified his opponent in the final after what he saw as a bitter failure 3: 6, 1: 6 and added with a wink: “And even if you’re just five years old, you’ve hit us all in turn as you please. ”

Although Zverev had the laughs in the Spanish capital on his side with the saying, he hit home and at the same time made it known that Alcaraz is currently a player who is already making the leap to the top of the world rankings as a teenager could.

Alcaraz makes history in Madrid

In Madrid, Alcaraz was the first player ever to impressively eliminate Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a Masters before crowning his perfect week in the final against Zverev. “I hope the other players are afraid of me,” he said with a smile Eurosport. “The win gives me a lot of confidence for the next tournaments. I have worked very hard for this.

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The rising star is not only the youngest winner in Madrid, but also the first player since Argentina’s David Nalbandian in 2007 to defeat three of the top four players in the world rankings in a Masters.

No wonder the Spaniard’s confidence is growing from tournament to tournament. “I see no limits for myself. I feel ready for the best players in every tournament, in every game, on every surface,” he sent a small declaration of war to the stars of the scene.

Corretja: “Alcaraz has a real chance to win Roland-Garros”

The clay court competition had to experience firsthand in Madrid what the Alcaraz are now capable of. Two weeks before the start of the French Open in Paris (from 22 May to 5 June on free live TV on Eurosport 1 and Eurosport on Joyn), the sixth in the world rankings is in impressive form and, for the first time in his career, is one of the closest favorites for a Grand Slam tournament.

Is Alcaraz the man to beat in Paris?

“He definitely has a real chance of winning Roland-Garros. He will be among the three or four players who can win the tournament,” he predicted. Alex Strap on Eurosport and continued: “He’s brave, he likes to attack, but he also likes to defend. He doesn’t mind defending. He has the perfect conditions to become a great player. His attitude is always fantastic, always positive. He is something very special.”

In a similar notch it has also hit American icon Chris Evert exclusively at Eurosport enthusiastic about Alcaraz in higher tones. “He has the whole package from a sporting and mental point of view and I believe he could win a double-digit number of Grand Slam titles and become number one in the world. In my eyes there is simply nothing that should stop him from doing so. “, according to the 67-year-old.

Alcaraz: “I’m ready to win a Grand Slam”

After his first Masters win a few weeks ago in Miami, Alcaraz announced that he was now facing Grand Slam tournaments. Statements that have had a positive response from Evert.

“I think it’s the quality of a champion to have self-confidence. All the great champions who have been at the top of the world for a long time, like Roger Federer, Nadal, Martina Navratilova or Steffi Graf, had this belief in yourself. I think that both innate and that belief is also in him. This is one of the intangible values ​​of a champion, “Evert pointed out.

The fact is that Alcaraz doesn’t have to hide from anyone when it comes to the French Open, not even the ruler Rafael Nadal, whom he defeated in Madrid. “I am ready to win a Grand Slam. This is one of my goals this year. I will work on it and see what happens at the French Open,” the 19-year-old said confidently.

It is therefore entirely possible that soon Alcaraz will also enchant Roland-Garros.

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