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Teenager Carlos Alcaraz mirrors Rafael Nadal with Barcelona crown | Tennis News

Alcaraz will enter the highest 10 of the world rankings on Monday on the similar age, on the identical date and after a triumph in the identical match as Nadal did in 2005.

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz captured the fourth title of his younger career by beating eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 within the Barcelona Open closing on Sunday, hours after profitable a gruelling semi-final that was postponed as a result of rain.

The 18-year-old will enter the highest 10 of the world rankings on Monday on the similar age, on the identical date and after a triumph in the identical match as compatriot and 21-times main winner Rafa Nadal did in 2005.

The U.S. Open quarter-finalist joins countrymen together with Nadal, coach Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya in lifting the trophy within the ATP 500 claycourt match.

“It means a lot. I’ve watched this tournament since I was a kid. I always wished to play in this tournament and of course be able to win this tournament,” Alcaraz mentioned. “I’m really happy to be part of the (historic) Spanish list.”

His singles tally stands at 4 titles following triumphs at Miami and Rio de Janeiro this year and a victory at Umag final July, when he turned the youngest tour-level champion since Kei Nishikori claimed the title at Delray Beach in 2008.

Alcaraz is projected to rise as excessive as quantity 9 when the newest ATP rankings are launched.

The Next Gen ATP Finals champion needed to work exhausting for his newest crown, with the semi-finals at Barcelona pushed to Sunday due to rain on Saturday and Alcaraz saved two match factors to beat Alex de Minaur 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 6-4.

His victory in three hours and 40 minutes earned him a title conflict with mentor Carreno Busta.

“It’s tough to play a final this afternoon after this match, after this week, but it’s a final,” Alcaraz mentioned earlier.

“You have to give 100%, fight until the last ball. It’s no time to be tired, you have to fight like the first day.”

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.


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