Carlos Alcaraz upsets No. 4 Rafael Nadal, No. 1 Novak Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final

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Carlos Alcaraz ended up being the youngest gamer to reach a last in Madrid Open history after removing world No. 1 Novak Djokovic throughout Saturday’s semifinals. The Spaniard managed the big upset just 2 days after he turned 19. 

In a match that lasted 3 hours and 35 minutes, Alcaraz beat Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) in spite of losing the very first set. The win significant Alcaraz’s 6th straight versus top-10 challengers. 

Alcaraz reached the semifinals by beating world No. 4 Rafael Nadal in the previous round. Nadal was currently going to be a hard challenger, however Alcaraz dealt with much more of an obstacle after rolling his ankle throughout the 3rd video game of the 2nd set. Even so, Alcaraz left the quarterfinals with a hard-fought 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win in a match that lasted practically 2 and a half hours. 

Before this weekend, no gamer had actually ever beat Nadal and Djokovic in back-to-back matches in the exact same clay court competition. Alcaraz ended up being the very first on Saturday, and his wondrous event after the Djokovic win discusses precisely just how much it suggested to him. 

“It was so close,” Alcaraz stated after beating Djokovic. “… I think both of us played an unbelievable match.” 

Djokovic’s loss indicates he still going after a title this season, while Alcaraz might be winning his 4th on Sunday. After his semifinal win, Alcaraz informed press reporters that beating 2 veterans in Djokovic and Nadal has actually offered him self-confidence for the remainder of the season due to the fact that now he understands he can win versus the very best. 

Alcaraz will put that self-confidence to the test on Sunday, as he’s set to deal with world No. 2 Alexander Zverev in the Madrid Open last. 



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