Carlos Alcaraz withdraws from Rome after dominating Alexander Zverev in Madrid final

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Carlos Alcaraz withdraws from Rome after dominating Alexander Zverev in Madrid final

Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn from the Rome Masters. On Sunday, Alcaraz lifted his fourth title of the year after destroying Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-1 in the Madrid Masters final. Alcaraz played a few tight matches in Madrid and many expected him to withdraw from Rome.

Alcaraz struggled in his Madrid opener but still managed to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in straight sets.

Alcaraz's next three wins at Caja Magica all came in three sets as the 19-year-old defeated Cameron Norrie, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to reach the final. In the final, Alcaraz had no problems versus Zverev but still decided not to play Rome.

In the Madrid semifinal versus Djokovic, Alcaraz won after three hours and 35 minutes of play.

No Rome debut for Alcaraz

Alcaraz was a seeded player in the Rome main draw so he would have had a first round bye. In the second round, Alcaraz was scheduled to meet Cristian Garin, who won his Rome opener on Sunday.

Unfortunately for the Rome organizers and tennis fans in Rome, they will have to wait for at least one more year to see Alcaraz at Foro Italico. Alcaraz has had a great clay season so far, winning Barcelona and Madrid. In February, Alcaraz won Rio de Janeiro.

“It feels great to be able to beat these players. To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the World No. 3. He is a great player. I would say this is the best week of my life,” Alcaraz said after beating Zverev.

“I am 19 years old, which I think is the key to be able to play long and tough matches in a row. I am feeling great physically”. Alcaraz will have a lot of time to rest before the French Open, which kicks off in two weeks. Alcaraz will be among top favorites for the French Open title.