Madrid Open: Alcaraz set Zverev final as he reacts to back-to-back wins over Djokovic and Nadal
Tennis new sensation Carlos Alcaraz has reacted to becoming the only player ever to defeat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal back-to-back on the clay after downing the world No 1 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5) in their first meeting to advance to the Madrid Open final against Alexander Zverev on Sunday evening.
It comes a day after he scored his first victory over his compatriot in his third attempt.
Alcaraz came through a three hour and 35-minute battle to defeat Djokovic in what was the teenager's first meeting with the world No 1, as he recovered from a set down.
It came one day after he clinched a maiden victory over 21-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in their third meeting, and Alcaraz now finds himself in the Madrid Open final against Alexander Zverev.
It makes the world No 9 the first player in history to defeat Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back on clay, and the first teenager to beat them in consecutive matches anywhere.
Speaking after his tight three-set victory over the three-time former champion, the four-time title winner reacted to his historic victories over the two legends of the game.
"Well makes make me a lotconfidencedent right now to play the final," he said. "I mean I know that I'm playing a really good game."
“I think he's going to win one of the next four majors, I think he's going to be the first teen to win one since Nadal did,” former world No. 1 Jim Courier said on Tennis Channel. “We'll see, we'll see."