A magical season for teenager Carlos Alcaraz continued Saturday as he defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) within the semifinals of the Mutua Madrid Open.
The 19-year-old Spaniard toppled one other legend, Rafael Nadal, on Friday within the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals of the Masters 1000 occasion in opposition to the top-seeded Djokovic.
He will meet second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sunday’s ultimate.
Alcaraz, the seventh seed, wanted three hours, 35 minutes to beat Djokovic of Serbia.
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“I don’t know what the difference was,” Alcaraz stated. “It was so close. He had the chances to break my serve at the end of the second set. In the first set as well it was so close in the tie-break. Honestly I don’t know what made the difference.”
Alcaraz, with the wins over Nadal and Djokovic, now has six straight victories over opponents ranked within the Top 10. He gained his first Masters 1000 title in Miami and has three wins this season.
Saturday’s match was his first assembly in opposition to Djokovic. He had 51 winners in comparison with 24 for Djokovic.
“This gives me a lot of confidence to play the final tomorrow,” Alcaraz stated of the win. “I know that I played a really good game, and for the rest of the season I think I am able to play against the best players in the world and beat them as well, so it gives me a lot of confidence.”
Alcaraz rose to 27-3 on the season and have become the primary participant ever to defeat each Nadal and Djokovic on the similar occasion on clay courts.
Zverev defeated fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in a single hour, 53 minutes.
“I thought from yesterday onwards I started to play really well,” stated Zverev. “I’m just extremely happy to be in the final here. I know it’s going to be an extremely tough match tomorrow but I hope I can manage to play my best and give myself a chance.”
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