Madrid Open: Carlos Alcaraz registers his first win over Rafael Nadal to set-up semi-final clash vs Djokovic

The 19-year-old Alcaraz lost the second set but made a stupendous comeback in the Madrid Open quarterfinal match on Friday, May 6.

Carlos Alcaraz. Courtesy: PTI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alcaraz broke Nadal four out of five times
  • Alcaraz came back after losing the second set
  • Alcaraz will next face Djokovic in the semis

19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, on Friday, defeated the legendary Rafael Nadal 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinal of the ongoing Madrid Open at Park Manzanares. The Young Turk came into the tournament after winning the Barcelona Open last month and has been able to carry his form in Madrid as well.

The first set was a one-sided affair as Alcaraz didn’t give the 21-time Grand Slam-winner much of the chance to take control of the game. However, Nadal showed nerves of steel and made a stupendous comeback in the second set.

ALCARAZ CONTINUES DREAM RUN

Just when Alcaraz seemed to be losing the plot under pressure, he got a foothold back in the contest. The third set was mostly about Nadal playing catch-up. Alcaraz took a 5-2 lead and put Nadal on the backfoot. But Nadal held his serve to stay alive in the contest.

In the end, Alcaraz drilled the final nail in the coffin, holding his serve. During the match, Alcaraz broke Nadal four out of five times and that turned out to be the defining factor of the game. Nadal, on the other hand, converted only three out of nine break points.

The El Palmar-born Alcaraz also took down Nadal with four aces and although he made three double faults, it didn’t cost him much.

The emerging star is next set to lock horns with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Saturday, May 7 in the semi-final of the tournament. Djokovic will go into the game after defeating Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-4.

As far as Nadal is concerned, he made his comeback in the Madrid Open after recovering from the rib injury that he sustained back in March. Later this month, the veteran is also expected to take part in the French Open, a championship he has won 13 times.

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