Carlos Alcaraz turns into the first teenager EVER to beat Rafael Nadal as Spanish teenager shrugs off an injury scare to file a shocking 6-1 1-6 6-3 win, establishing Madrid Open semi-final towards world No 1 Novak Djokovic
- Carlos Alcaraz beat Rafa Nadal 6-1 1-6 6-3 in Friday’s Madrid Open quarter-final
- Medics rushed onto the court docket throughout the recreation after he suffered an ankle injury
- But the younger Spaniard shrugged it off to file a shocking win over Nadal
- The 19-year-old will tackle world No 1 Novak Djokovic for a spot in the last
- Andy Murray has deserted plans to try to qualify for subsequent week’s Italian Open
Rafael Nadal and everybody else at the Madrid Open got a glimpse of each the current and future when he was roundly crushed by his inheritor obvious.
A day after turning 19, Carlos Alcaraz grew to become the first teenager ever to beat the Spanish legend when he reached the semi-finals with a 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory. He now meets the resurgent Novak Djokovic.
The teenager from Murcia is ranked 9 and is evident third favorite for the French Open. He already has a Masters title below his belt this year with the Miami Open.
Carlos Alcaraz (proper) beat Rafa Nadal (left) to advance to the semi-finals of the Madrid Open
While Nadal continues to be not again at his greatest following a lay-off with a rib fracture – and in contrast to Paris, Madrid is at relative altitude – it’s straightforward to see why Alcaraz is seen as the coming famous person in the males’s recreation.
He shrugged off sharply turning his ankle throughout the match and was nerveless when it got here to serving it out. At 5-3 30-30 he produced a dropshot after which a forehand cross to see off his nation’s best ever participant with minimal fuss.
Already his dropshot is wanting like one in all the nice strokes of the sport, and he’s way over only a clay court docket participant. Djokovic got here via earlier with a 6-3 6-4 win over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Alcaraz is the first teenager to ever beat Nadal and can play Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals
Andy Murray has deserted plans to try to qualify for subsequent week’s Italian Open, however has not solely given up on his last-minute clay court docket marketing campaign.
Murray didn’t journey to Rome after withdrawing from his Madrid Open third spherical towards Novak Djokovic with gastric issues.
However, after his promising shows in the Spanish capital, he’s considering making an attempt to play at the ATP occasion in Geneva that comes between Rome and Roland Garros.
Murray continues to be entered in the French Open however his precedence stays discovering aggressive alternatives and getting sharp in time for the grass court docket season.
Andy Murray has now been pressured to pull out of each the Madrid Open and the Rome Masters