ATP Uncovered

Relive Alcaraz's Historic 2022 Madrid Title Run

Spanish teen upset Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev
April 25, 2023
ATP Uncovered
By ATP Staff

When Carlos Alcaraz made his debut at the Mutua Madrid Open two years ago, he won just three games in his second-round match against Rafael Nadal. Little did the Spanish teen know that one year later he would make history at the Caja Magica.

Last year, carrying momentum from his maiden ATP Masters 1000 triumph in Miami, Alcaraz showed he was unafraid of the pressure on home soil in Madrid. After defeating five-time ATP Tour titlist Nikoloz Basilashvili and then-World No. 11 Cameron Norrie, he once again played countryman Nadal.

“You always have to think of Rafa as the favourite because he has already won here five times and all of the things he has achieved on clay,” Alcaraz said ahead the match in a press conference. “At the end of the day, I'm the new boy, the newcomer, the one that should not have any pressure when playing against one of the best players of history.”

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If Alcaraz was nervous, he did not show it. This time he upset Nadal 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, the teen stunned World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(5) after a grueling three hours and 36 minutes.

In doing so, Alcaraz became the first player to defeat Nadal and Djokovic at the same clay-court event. He followed that victory by dismissing Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 for the trophy.

“It feels great to be able to beat these players,” Alcaraz said. “To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the World No. 3. He is a great player. I would say this is the best week of my life.”

To relive Alcaraz’s memorable run, watch the full ATP Uncovered feature above.

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