Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz said that seeing Rafael Nadal win Madrid inspired him to one day come to the Caja Mágica and go all the way. Alcaraz, 19, offered a great week of tennis in Madrid by winning his first title in Madrid and his fourth crown of the season.
On Sunday, Alcaraz defeated world number 3 Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-1 in the final in Madrid. Before beating Zverev, Alcaraz defeated Nadal and Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches to reach the final. "It feels great to be able to beat these players.
To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the number 3 in the world. He's a great player. I would say it's the best week of my life," Alcaraz said. , according to the ATP Tour website. "I'm 19 years old, which I think is the key to being able to play long and hard matches in a row.
I feel very good physically." Nadal, the best clay court tennis player in history, is a five-time champion in Madrid. In Madrid, Nadal kicked off his clay court season. The 21-time Grand Slam champion won his first two matches at the tournament before being stopped by Alcaraz, who beat him in three sets.
"Seeing Rafa lift this trophy gave me a lot of strength to work hard for this moment," added Alcaraz. "It's a big moment for me. It's the first tournament I've seen, so lifting the trophy today is very emotional."
Nadal made a resounding start to the year
Rafael Nadal made a resounding start to the year by winning the Melbourne Summer Set 1 without dropping a set. He then clinched a record 21st Grand Slam title at the 2022 Australian Open.
"No, when you are six weeks without touching a racquet and without having the chance to move your body. My body is like an old machine. To put this machine on again it again takes some time. It's not the same when you are 19 than when you are almost 36, with all the issues that I went through in my tennis career, no? You need to build again the confidence in your body, on your movements, then you going to start feeling again comfortable with your tennis, no? I am happy the way I started the year.
For me it has been amazing. What happened in the last two months, yes, but in the other hand I have probably the best start of a season in my tennis career at my age."