Rafael Nadal competed at the Madrid Masters for the 18th consecutive time last May. The Spanish legend scored two commanding victories before losing to Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final. In the second round, Rafa took down his young compatriot Carlos Alcaraz 6-1, 6-2, toppling a teenager on his 18th birthday!
Carlos took a record away from Rafa ahead of their duel, becoming the youngest match-winner at Madrid Masters and passing his great compatriot. Nadal made the Madrid Open debut in 2003 at 17, losing to Alex Corretja in three sets.
Nadal toppled Davide Sanguinetti in the first round a year later, becoming the youngest player with the Madrid Open victory. Seventeen years after Rafa, super talented Carlos Alcaraz went even further, celebrating his first Caja Magica triumph at 17 years and stealing the age record from his idol ahead of their first encounter!
Carlos kicked off his Madrid Masters campaign with a dominant 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Adrian Mannarino in 71 minutes. A teenager was too good behind the initial shot, losing ten points in eight service games and avoiding troubles to pressure the Frenchman.
Mannarino was far from those numbers, losing over half of the points behind the initial shot and getting broken four times to push the Spaniard over the top and towards the record. Carlos fired 24 winners and 17 unforced errors, holding the strings of the encounter in his hands and reducing the opponent to only a couple of winners.
Carlos Alcaraz passed Rafael Nadal on the Madrid Masters record.
The Spaniard forged the advantage in the shortest and more extended exchanges. He gathered an early lead in the opener and stormed over Mannarino in set number two.
Alcaraz broke a left-hander in the encounter's opening game and cemented the advantage when Adrian sprayed a forehand mistake in game two. The Frenchman saved two break points at 0-2 to get his name on the scoreboard, although he could not do much on the return.
Alcaraz built a 5-3 advantage with three easy holds and wasted a set point on the return in game nine following Mannarino's forehand winner. Serving in game ten, the Spaniard placed a backhand crosscourt winner for 6-4, playing well and hoping for more in set number two.
At the beginning of the second set, the youngster broke at love to gain more boost and held with a forehand winner for 2-0. Mannarino suffered another break in game three and fell 5-0 down when Carlos landed a forehand winner in his third consecutive break of serve.
Serving for the victory, a teenager brought the sixth game home with a forehand winner to celebrate the first Masters 1000 triumph and set the clash against his idol Rafael Nadal.