The new star is born! I wasn’t convinced about it when he triumphed a few weeks ago in Miami, but in Madrid, during a week of turning 19, Alcaraz  – already in the second round – defeated Basilashvili, who is a more accomplished player than Kecmanovic whom Alcaraz had overcome in the Miami quarterfinal. Another two matches in Florida he played against Hurkacz & Ruud who are nowhere near the historical status of Nadal & Djokovic – two tennis titans defeated by the young Spaniard day-by-day. I was thinking that Alcaraz would be deflated after surviving tough tests against two giants of the game – nothing like this happened! In the final he was fresh like a daisy and actually humiliated Zverev , the defending champion, to whom had lost their two previous matches easily. When they met for the first time, 14 months ago in Acapulco, Zverev said: “My guess is he will be Top 10 by 2024, in three years’ time when he is 20”, so the German estimated that Alcaraz  would need ~2.5 years for something he has achieved within a year! After the final during the ceremony he admitted: “I want to congratulate Carlitos. Right now you are the best player in the world. It is great for tennis that we have such a new superstar that is going to win so many Grand Slams, that is going to be World No. 1 and I think is going to win this tournament many more times.” Later on, during a press conference Zverev was bitter though, and he complained that his two previous matches were finished late, they took its toll and he was sleepy during the final. Alcaraz stated: “I would say this is the best week of my life. I am 19 years old, which I think is the key to be able to play long and tough matches in a row. I am feeling great physically.”
(edit!) One month later Alcaraz loses to Zverev in the French Open quarterfinal 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(7)
You must be logged in to post a comment.