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Rafael Nadal one day. Novak Djokovic the other.
The list of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz continues to grow.
And so does the hype about the new sensations of tennis.
After defeating his idol Nadal in the quarter-finals on Friday, 19-year-old Alcaraz rose to his feet by beating first place Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) after more than 3.5 hours on Saturday. to reach the final of the Madrid Open.
Alcaraz turned in his third match point by clinching the victory in front of a noisy crowd on the center court of the Caja Mágica.
A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, more than any other player.
He will face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas, who met in the semi-final on Saturday.
Alcaraz, the youngest player in the top ten 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 against Djokovic in their first match.
Djokovic remains without a title this season as he continues to try to regain his best form by defending the French Open title in nine days.