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

One day Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic next.

The list of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz continues to grow.

And so is the hype surrounding the new tennis sensation.

After beating his idol Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday (local time), 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 thrilled the Madrid Open crowd, hitting over 30 forehand winners against Novak Djokovic.(Getty Images / Quality Sports Images: José Manuel Alvarez)


Alcaraz converted their third match point to claim victory – their 27th of the year – in front of a raucous crowd on center court at Caja Mágica.

“To play against the world number one, in front of this audience here in Madrid, is incredible,” he said.

A victory on Sunday will give Alcaraz their fourth title this season, the best of any player. He has already recorded tournament victories in 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.


He beat Nadal for the first time on Friday and triumphed over Djokovic in their opener.

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