Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz reaches Madrid Open final, with three-set win over Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal one day. Novak Djokovic the next.

The list of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz keeps growing.

And so does the hype over tennis’s newest sensation.

After defeating his idol Nadal in the quarter-finals on Friday (local time), the 19-year-old Alcaraz rallied to beat top-ranked Djokovic 6-7 (7/5), 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) after more than three and a half hours on Saturday to reach the Madrid Open final.

“It was one of those matches to enjoy,” Alcaraz said.

Carlos Alcaraz delighted the Madrid Open crowd, hitting more than 30 forehand winners against Novak Djokovic.(Getty Images / Quality Sport Images: Jose Manuel Alvarez)

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Alcaraz converted on his third match point to clinch the victory — his 27th of the year — in front of a raucous home crowd on the Caja Mágica centre court.

“To play against the number one player in the world, in front of this crowd here in Madrid, it’s incredible,” he said.

A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, the most of any player. He has already registered tournament victories at Rio De Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona. 

He will face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Alcaraz, the youngest player in the top 10 since Nadal in 2005, has won this year in Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.

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He beat Nadal for the first time on Friday, and triumphed against Djokovic in their first match.

Reference-www.abc.net.au

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