Teenager Carlos Alcaraz was hailed as ‘the best player in the world’ after winning the Madrid Open

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz swept aside world no. 3 Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Madrid Open title.

Lcaraz, 19, who stunned both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his way to the final, beat Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour.

Zverev, the defending champion who also won in Madrid in 2018, had no answer to the depth and force of Alcaraz’s groundstrokes, getting broken crucially in the sixth game of the first set and four times in the second.

On the pitch after the match, Zverev said to Alcaraz: “I want to congratulate Carlitos. At the moment you are the best player in the world.

“It’s great for the sport of tennis that we have such a new superstar who’s going to win so many Grand Slams, who’s going to be number one in the world and I think he’s going to win this tournament many more times.”

Alcaraz became the first man to defeat his compatriots Nadal and Djokovic in the same clay court tournament in a thrilling 6-7 (7), 7-5, 7-6 (7) victory over the Serbian world number one on Saturday.

The Spaniard’s triumph in Madrid marked his fourth ATP Tour title this year – more than any other player – and his seventh straight win over a top-10 opponent.

Alcaraz, who was world No. 120 just 12 months ago, is the second youngest player to win two ATP Masters 1000 titles after his victory in Miami in March. Nadal won in Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005 at the age of 18.

Alcaraz, who was also victorious in Umag, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona last year, climbs to sixth in the ATP rankings on Monday.

Briton Neal Skupski and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof clinched the doubles title in Madrid with a 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-5 win over Spaniards Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Skupski and Koolhof, the seventh seeds, cemented their place at the top of the doubles rankings by winning a tour-leading fourth ATP Tour title in their first 12 months as partners.

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