Carlos Alcaraz is not permitting nerves to get the higher of him and stated that he’s able to repeatedly go toe-to-toe with the highest gamers after the Spaniard rallied previous world primary Novak Djokovic to achieve the Madrid Open remaining on Saturday.
The 19-year-old prevailed 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(5) over the Serbian in an absorbing contest that lasted greater than three hours, changing into the primary participant to beat Djokovic and Rafa Nadal on the identical claycourt occasion.
Alcaraz was ranked 120 on this planet only a 12 months in the past however has climbed into the highest 10 on the again of three titles this season.
Asked what was totally different about his recreation now, Alcaraz stated: “I would say that I am more mature to manage the tough moments, the nerves, everything. I mean, to manage everything on court. Well, I think I am able to play long rallies.”
In a see-saw conflict that might have gone both manner, Alcaraz used his aggression to nice impact as he smashed a collection of winners previous Djokovic within the tie-break to take the match and arrange a gathering with Alexander Zverev on Sunday.
“As I have always said, you have to try to go for the match. In those decisive moments is when you see the good players and the top players, I want to make a difference on that,” added Alcaraz, who will transfer as much as sixth when the brand new rankings are launched on Monday.
“I feel ready to compete against them (Djokovic and Nadal) in every single tournament, on every single surface. In a Grand Slam, it’s completely different. I think that when you have to play best-of-five sets… but I think that I am ready.”
Victory towards Zverev will give Alcaraz a second ATP Masters 1000 crown following his triumph in Miami earlier this 12 months.
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