He has been “on the road for quite some time,” John Westerby said in The times. And now it’s official: Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz has taken his place on ‘Tennis’ top chart’. Last Sunday, just three days after his 19th birthday, the Spaniard swept aside world No. 3 Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 to capture his second Masters 1000 title and sixth in the world rankings to advance.
Even more impressive than the Madrid Open win was the way Alcaraz defeated the biggest names in men’s tennis en route to the final, Adam Zagoria continued forbes. In the quarterfinals, he beat Rafael Nadal in three sets – and then repeated the feat in a delightfully dramatic semifinal against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Never before have Nadal and Djokovic – who have 41 Grand Slam titles combined – been knocked out of a clay court tournament by the same player. At the award ceremony on Sunday, the defeated Zverev jokingly said to Alcaraz: “You’re the best player in the world right now, even if you’re five years old.”
There is little to dispute about the first part of this statement, said Mike Dickson in the Daily Mail. Alcaraz seems to be a player with no weaknesses: “He hits the ball early and confidently cleanly from both flanks” and regularly hits the wrong foot with his “fine drop shot”. The French Open is just a few days away – and few would be surprised if the Spaniard won it.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/sport/tennis/956716/carlos-alcaraz-tennis-top-table-madrid-open Carlos Alcaraz: Teenager takes a seat at the “top table” of tennis