The victory in just over an hour, took the 19-year-old’s winning streak to matches and gave him a second consecutive title after victory last month in Barcelona.
Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on his way to the Madrid final — a first in a clay court tournament — and will climb to No. 6 in the world.
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Alcaraz, who turned 19 this week, captured a second ATP Masters 1000 level title after Miami in March. The only younger player to reach that milestone was Nadal, who won in Monte Carlo and Rome when they he was 18.
Alcaraz though did become the youngest man ever to win the Masters 1000 event in Madrid.
“This tournament is special for me because it’s a tournament I came and watched when I was seven or eight,” said Alcaraz.
The fans offered him noisy support.
“It was a spectacular atmosphere,” he said. “I was able to win with the support of all the people.”
The German second seed was impressed, going as far as to claim Alcaraz has passed Djokovic and Nadal as the tennis world’s best current player.
“Right now you are the best player in the world. Even though you are still five years old you are still beating us all,” he told Alcaraz on court after the match.
Zverev though was left less than impressed with the Madrid Open scheduling.
“I have to say is that the ATP’s job was an absolute disgrace this week. Two days ago I went to bed at 4:00, 4:30 am Yesterday I went to bed at 5:20 am,” Zverev said during his press conference.
“If any normal person goes to bed one night at 4:00 am, the next night at 5:00 am, it will be a tough time just to be awake for them.’
“And for me to play a final against Carlos Alcaraz, who to me is the best player in the world right now, in a Masters 1000 event, the next day, it is difficult.
“I had no coordination on my serve, I had no coordination on my groundstrokes. I missed two overheads that were super easy because I see the ball, and everything is moving in my eyes.
“I had absolutely no chance today of being. I had absolutely no chance of playing my level. This is not the first time this is happening. I mean, in Acapulco I played until 5:00 am I played until 5:00 am I was awake until 8:30 am This is happening on a weekly basis, and to be honest, I’m a little bit tired of it. ”