World No. 39 Sebastian Korda gave credit to Carlos Alcaraz after the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals and suggested the Spaniard deserved to win. Korda, who captured his maiden ATP title in Parma earlier this year, was bidding to win his second big title of the year in Milan.
However, Alcaraz had other plans as he saw off Korda 4-3 (5) 4-2 4-2 to win the Next Gen ATP Finals in his debut at the tournament. Alcaraz, 18, is currently enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 32 in the world.. Korda thinks Alcaraz is even better than than his ranking suggests.
Alcaraz went a perfect 5-0 at the Next Gen ATP Finals. "Carlos played incredibly well. I had some chances in the first set, but I didn't take them. He was better on the important points, especially in the tie-break.
Right now he is playing much better than his ranking indicates, I don't think he will be in that place for long," Korda said of Alcaraz after the final, per Punto de Break.
Alcaraz was nervous at the start of the match against Korda
“It is amazing,” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview.
“To be able to win this tournament means a lot to me. I am so excited right now and emotional. I was very, very nervous at the start. I had to be calm to save the break points. I know Korda is serving very well, so I had to play my best in those moments”.
Alcaraz blew two match points in the fifth game of the third set. In the following game, Alcaraz was 0-30 down in his service game but then won four points in a row to seal the win. "It went 0/30 on my serve [when serving for the match]," Alcaraz added. "So I had to be focused in that moment and I had to stay calm. It was really, really tough”.