Carlos Alcaraz looks like the new tennis star after the exciting Madrid title race

Teenager Carlos Alcaraz continued his rise by demolishing Alexander Zverev in the Madrid final on Sunday and then said he really wants to “prove my level in a Grand Slam”.

Two weeks before the French Open kicked off, the young Spaniard wiped out his third ranked foe 6-3, 6-1 in 62 minutes to continue a run that signals tennis has a new star on the rise.

“I really want to go to Paris to win a Grand Slam, to show my level in a Grand Slam,” Alcaraz said at a press conference after winning the second Masters 1000 of his career.

“People will take me as a favorite, but I take it as a motivation.”

He said he will miss the clay court tournament in Rome this week after injuring his ankle during his victory over Rafael Nadal in Friday’s quarter-finals.

“This morning, due to the fall against Rafa, I woke up with a swollen ankle and I also had a bladder that was infected,” he said.

“It was a bit difficult to walk, but … we were able to do a few things to be 100% for the match.”

Before last year’s Madrid tournament, Alcaraz was in 120th place in the world. Monday will be sixth.

“I have five more to become the best in the world,” he said.

He became the youngest US Open quarterfinal of the Open era last September, then won his first Masters 1000 title in Miami in early April. The only youngest player to claim two Masters 1000 titles was Nadal, who won in Monte Carlo and Rome when he was 18.

Alcaraz turned 19 on Thursday and over the next two days he fought against Nadal in 2 hours and 28 minutes and Novak Djokovic in 3 hours and 36 minutes.

“I’m 19, which I think is the key to being able to play long and difficult games in a row,” he said. “I feel great physically.”

“It’s great to be able to beat these players. To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the no. 3. He is a great player. I would say this is the best week of my life “.

Zverev has no doubts about where the teenager’s trajectory is going.

“It’s great to see for tennis that we have a new superstar who will win so many Grand Slams and will be the No. 1 “, said the German.

The atmosphere on Sunday did not reach the fervor of the day before as Alcaraz took control early and took his fastest win of the week.

Even so, “it was a spectacular atmosphere,” he told the crowd at the end.

“This tournament is special to me because it is the first tournament I saw when I was seven or eight,” said Alcaraz.

“Watching Rafa lift this trophy so often has given me a lot of power to work hard for this moment.”

Zverev complained that he was “dead” because he had played the last two games in the previous two evenings, but was impressed by the Alcaraz.

“Carlitos, you are the best player in the world right now. Even though you’re still five, you’re still beating us all, “he told Alcaraz on the pitch after the match.

Alcaraz said he had a long way to go.

“I still have to improve in everything,” he said. “I have great shots, but they can be improved and they can be much better.”

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