Teenager Carlos Alcaraz is praised as ‘the best player in the world’ after winning the Madrid Open

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz defeated world number three Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Madrid Open title.

19-year-old lcaraz, who stunned Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic en route to the final, won 6-3, 6-1 against Zverev in just over an hour.

Zverev, the defending champion who also won in Madrid in 2018, had no response to the depth and power of Alcaraz’s punches and was decisively broken in the sixth game of the first set and four times in the second.

On court after the match, Zverev told Alcaraz: “I want to congratulate Carlitos. Now you are the best player in the world.

“It’s great for tennis that we have such a young superstar who is going to win so many Grand Slams, who is going to be number one in the world and I think he is going to win this tournament many more times.”

Alcaraz became the first man to defeat compatriots Nadal and Djokovic in the same clay-court tournament with a thrilling 6-7 (7) 7-5 7-6 (7) victory over the Serbian world number one on Saturday.

The Spaniard’s triumph in Madrid was his fourth ATP Tour title of the year – more than any other player – and his seventh straight win over a top 10 opponent.

Ranked number 120 in the world just 12 months ago, Alcaraz is the second youngest player to win two ATP Masters 1000 titles following his victory in Miami in March. Nadal won in Monte Carlo and Rome at age 18 in 2005.

Alcaraz, who also won in Umag, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona last year, will move up to sixth in the ATP rankings on Monday.

Briton Neal Skupski and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof secured the doubles title in Madrid with a 6-7 (4) 6-4 10-5 win over Spaniards Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.

Seventh seeded Skupski and Koolhof cemented their place at the top of the doubles rankings by claiming their fourth ATP Tour title in their first 12 months as partners.

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