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Teen sensation makes tennis history, downs Nadal AND Djokovic back-to-back




Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz has added the scalp of world No.1 Novak Djokovic to his stellar clay-court assortment by beating the Serbian nice in three units to achieve the ultimate of the Madrid Open.

The Spaniard, who solely turned 19 on Thursday, dumped his illustrious countryman Rafael Nadal out of the match regardless of fighting an ankle downside all through Friday’s quarter-final.

And on Saturday night, Alcaraz adopted up his shock win with a last-four efficiency stuffed with resilience and aptitude to inflict a 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 7-6 (9-7) defeat on 34-year-old Djokovic.

The Murcian will meet both defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany or Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s remaining.

After turning into the primary participant to overcome each Nadal and Djokovic in the identical clay-court match, Alcaraz stated: “It’s spectacular proper now. 

“I’m very comfortable. I’m very excited to have the ability to play these sort of matches, to have the ability to beat Rafa yesterday, to have the ability to beat the primary at present.

“So I’m super happy. It gives me a lot of confidence for tomorrow’s final.”

Alcaraz broke Djokovic within the first recreation to make a powerful begin however the Serbian rallied to clinch the primary tiebreak.

The 19-year-old Miami Open winner then exploited some weak serving from his opponent to stage the match.

Then, after constantly placing strain on the Djokovic serve within the decider, he demonstrated some steely focus past his years to shut out the match regardless of being confronted down by a 20-time grand slam champion.

{The teenager} stated: “You must attempt to go for the match. 

“In these decisive moments is once you see the great gamers and the highest gamers. That’s the place you’ll be able to inform the distinction between a great participant and a prime participant, prefer it’s Djokovic, Rafa, (Roger) Federer, or all of the gamers which can be finally there for a very long time.

“I want to make a difference on that. I want to make a difference, because in those key, decisive matches, I want to go for the match.”

Requested if he had any regrets about the best way he dealt with the rising star, Djokovic stated: “Yeah, yeah. Many instances I gave him free factors there. 

“His kick and altitude (on his serve) right here is big, and it was simply tough to cope with his ball, and I wasn’t feeling my return from that aspect.

“He was serving a lot of kick just to put himself in a good position. I just didn’t manage to handle that well.”

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