Carlos Alcaraz caused quite a stir with his victories over Djokovic, Nadal and Zverev – and that’s what makes the youngster so strong

Carlos Alcaraz has a place in the record books since last Sunday.

In the final of the ATP Masters in Madrid, the 19-year-old Spaniard beat Olympic champion Alexander Zverev in just 62 minutes (6:3, 6:1) and thus crowned himself as the youngest champion on clay. Classic in the Spanish capital.
In the previous rounds, the shooting star took out both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both 41-time Grand Slam champions, en route to his second Masters win of the year. Alcaraz is the first player since Argentine David Nalbandian in 2007 to beat three of the world’s top four players at the Masters Tournament.

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In the final against Zverev, Alcaraz delighted the crowd at Caja Mágica, who were already celebrating the youngster with cheers in the first set, with his many dropping shots and his 160 km/h forehand. It is not for nothing that the teenager is considered one of the “hard hitters” par excellence on the tour. However, those powerful base shots aren’t the only thing that distinguishes the Alkaraz phenomenon.

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Corretja sings the praises of Alcaraz

“Alcaraz is superior to the rest of the players at the moment. He moves faster and always breaks the right shot at the right time. He played really hard in Madrid and diversified well. Despite that, he also defends really well, which makes it very difficult. win with enthusiasm Eurosport expert Alex Corretga from his countryman.

Zverev could sing a song off of this, which Alcaraz literally drove to desperation in Sunday’s final with several volleys and passing balls worth watching. However, Corretja still sees potential for development in the best talent from Murcia.

“Of course he is still improving. He can be more patient and he will do better with time. I think he masters the game very well now, but he will continue to improve his understanding of the game in the future,” he said that the two-time French Open finalist is continuing.

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This may not bode well for competing on the ATP Tour. After all, Alcaraz is already turning the tennis world upside down – at the age of 19 – and has so far had the most individual successes (28) and most tournaments (4) in 2022.

According to Corretga, the secret to the Spaniard’s success lies in his flexibility. “You have to be brave but patient at the same time. It’s not just about hitting, you have to change it sometimes with high balls, volleys and shots,” the insider continued, emphasizing:

“It’s not just about sheer power, but understanding the game and knowing when to use which shot to use. I feel Alcaraz is the best on the tour now because he’s mastered it so perfectly.”

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So it is not surprising that the self-confidence of the teenager, who is already sixth in the world rankings, is growing from championship to championship. Alcaraz recently said, “I see no limits for myself. I feel ready for top players in every tournament, in every match, and on every surface.”

Corretja sees only mental strength as another reason for the Madrid champion’s winning streak: “He’s very calm on the pitch, but at the same time aggressive. It’s good news for a player when you’re in control and you feel like, ‘Okay, if you play well, I’ll end up winning. . This is exactly the case at Alcaraz at the moment.”

United States icon Chris Evert The 48-year-old agreed: “I think it’s a hero to believe in yourself. All the great champions who have long proven themselves at the top of the world, like Roger Federer, Nadal, Martina Navratilova or Steffi Graf had that belief in themselves. I think it’s a command innate and that this faith is present in him as well.” Eurosport.

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French Open: Alcaraz ready for the big hit?

In just under two weeks, the French Open in Paris (From May 22 to June 5 Live on Free TV on Eurosport 1 and on Eurosport on Joyn) in the program, where Alcaraz is undoubtedly one of the favorites to win the title.

However, the question arises whether the Spaniard, at the tender age of 19, is able to perform at the highest level for two weeks. He gave a clear answer himself after his recent success in Madrid: “I’m ready to win one of the Grand Slams. That’s one of my goals this year,” Alcaraz was bursting with self-confidence.

It is possible that the history books of Roland Garros will soon be rewritten.

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