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Teenage Carlos Alcaraz wins 1000 event Madrid Open title

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has defeated world number 3 Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 to win this year’s 1000 event Madrid Open title at the Manolo Santana Stadium.

The teenage sensation having won his first masters 1000 title in Miami last month, put up a blistering performance to dislodge world greats to lift his second masters title in his career.

It was not by a stroke of luck that the 19-year-old, Alcaraz, a prospective world No 1 according to Zverev after enduring a straight defeat, brushed off Rafael Nadal his supposed idol in the quarter-finals, and world No 1 and 20 Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

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World No 3 Zverev, conceding to the defeat, applauded the clinical display of the youngster, adding that he would be a great tennis superstar in the future.

He said, “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,” Zverev added.

This victory by the Spaniard makes him the current number world number 6 in the ATP ranking released on the 9th of May, 2022.

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