Stefanos Tsitsipas, who won against Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters last year, held the record for being the youngest player to do it. In order to accomplish a difficult accomplishment at the age of 20, Stefanos defeated Novak in Toronto in 2018 and Rafa in Madrid in 2019.
When he defeated two legendary players in a row at Caja Magica last year, Carlos Alcaraz broke Tsitsipas’ record by 19 years and 2 days! Alcaraz defeated Nadal and Djokovic for the first time at the clay-court competition, becoming the fifth player to do so in back-to-back days.
In the quarterfinal, the young Spaniard defeated his hero 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to record his first victory over Nadal. Carlos took advantage of Rafa’s six-week absence from competition by winning sets one and three to set up the match with Novak Djokovic.
A kid guarded six of the nine break points and got four breaks to help him advance. Alcaraz defeated the king of clay with 37 winners and a fresh start in set number three to continue his title defense.
Less than a year after turning 19, Carlos Alcaraz overcame two legends.
A day later, after a three-hour, 35-minute epic struggle, Carlos defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-7, 7-5, 7-6. There were only three serve breaks during the encounter.
The young player maintained composure in the last moments of sets two and three to win and go to the title match in front of his supporters. After falling behind 4-2 in the first set, Djokovic battled back and grabbed control behind the opening shot to keep the pressure on the opposition.
The Serb won the tie break 7-5 to give himself a huge advantage going into the second set. In the second set, the home favorite had no room for error and kept up the pressure. In games nine and 11, the more aggressive player avoided a break opportunity to maintain a winning streak.
With a forehand down the line winner in the 12th game, Carlos broke the tie and forced a decider, giving himself a huge advantage. To keep his prospects alive, Djokovic held off three break points in the fourth game of the final set and two more at 3-2.
Novak had a huge chance to generate three break opportunities at 4-4 that could have propelled him closer to the top, but Alcaraz thwarted the break attempt in game seven with a service winner. He missed a standard forehand, and Alcaraz held at 30, giving him a huge advantage.
In game eleven, the Serb saved a match point with a service winner and finished the game with another one after four deuces to increase his chances. In the tie-breaking round of the match, Alcaraz used a backhand down the line bullet to increase his lead to 3-1.
With a volley winner at the net, Djokovic recovered the mini-break, but the following time around, the Spaniard struck first and built a 4-2 lead. Novak maintained his position in the match with a deep return in the following game after Carlos used a strong serve to take a 5-3 lead.
At 4-5, Djokovic sprayed a forehand error, giving himself two more match points. He won the first with a service winner to save it, and Carlos won the second with a forehand winner down the line to seal an incredible triumph and a record that will be hard to top!