Carlos Alcaraz upsets Novak Djokovic at Madrid Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz upsets Novak Djokovic at Madrid Open 2022

MADRID — Rafael Nadal at some point. Novak Djokovic the opposite.

The listing of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz retains rising.

And so does the hype over tennis’ latest sensation.

After defeating his idol Nadal within the quarterfinals on Friday, the 19-year-old Alcaraz rallied to beat top-ranked Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) after greater than 3 1/2 hours on Saturday to succeed in the Madrid Open remaining.

“It was a kind of matches to take pleasure in,” Alcaraz mentioned. “Regardless of the strain, regardless of being the semifinals of a Masters 1000, being 7-6 within the third-set tiebreaker… I’ve loved it. Till the final level I used to be having the ability to smile.”

Alcaraz transformed on his third match level to clinch the victory — his twenty seventh of the 12 months — in entrance of a raucous dwelling crowd on the Caja Mágica heart courtroom.

Novak Djokovic congratulates Carlos Alcaraz after Alcaraz gained their semifinal match on the Madrid Open.REUTERS

“To play in opposition to the No. 1 participant on this planet, in entrance of this crowd right here in Madrid, it’s unbelievable,” he mentioned.

A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, probably the most of any participant.

He’ll face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas, who met within the late semifinal on Saturday.

Alcaraz, the youngest participant within the prime 10 since Nadal in 2005, has gained this 12 months in Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.

He beat Nadal for the primary time on Friday, and triumphed in opposition to Djokovic of their first match.

Carlos Alcaraz stretches for a shot in his match in opposition to Novak Djokovic.Getty Photos

Djokovic stays with out a title this season as he continues to attempt to regain his finest type going into his title protection on the French Open this month.

Alcaraz, the youngest ever to succeed in the Madrid semifinals, took an early lead within the first set however Djokovic rallied.

The Spaniard took the second set after Djokovic wasted three break alternatives to serve for the match, and saved the strain on throughout the third till lastly capitalizing on one in every of his many possibilities within the tiebreaker.

The match winner got here was one in every of Alcaraz’s greater than 30 forehand winners that saved Djokovic on the defensive all through. Alcaraz had 51 winners to Djokovic’s 24.

“It was so shut,” Alcaraz mentioned. “He had the possibilities to interrupt my serve on the finish of the second set. Within the first set as properly it was so shut within the tiebreak. Truthfully I don’t know what made the distinction.”

Djokovic praised Alcaraz after arriving in Madrid this week, and mentioned his son had already changed Nadal with the younger Spaniard as his favourite participant.

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia confronted Jessica Pegula of the U.S. within the ladies’s remaining late Saturday.

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