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Carlos Alcaraz recalls his first victories over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Madrid in 2022.
Carlos Alcaraz acknowledges that his match against Rafael Nadal during the Spanish Masters was a completely amazing experience. Alcaraz defeated Nadal in the quarterfinal of the Madrid Masters last year, defeating the 22-time Grand Slam champion 6-2 1-6 6-3 to secure his first victory over him.
Alcaraz defeated Djokovic for the first time in his career after defeating Nadal by the scores of 6-7 (5) 7-5 7-6 (5) in the semifinal. “Equally excited, but because of how I went about it, I felt differently. In any event, both games were extremely memorable.
The Madrid Open website quotes Alcaraz as saying, “Playing Rafa is always unusual, and doing so at home is even more unique. Alcaraz defeated Alexander Zverev in the championship match with a score of 6-3, 6-1, following back-to-back spectacular victories over Nadal and Djokovic.
Alcaraz mentioned his two matches versus Nadal and Djokovic when questioned about his most memorable Madrid encounter. Aside from the final against Zverev from last year, Alcaraz remarked, “the two matches against Rafa and Djokovic were very special to me.”
Alcaraz was hurt during the Nadal match, specifically his ankle.
Alcaraz was handicapped by blisters and an ankle issue on the day of the championship match versus Zverev. Thankfully for Alcaraz, the doctor and physiotherapist were able to get him ready to play in the championship match against Zverev.
Alcaraz was all business as he took the court for the Madrid championship match because he had dropped a total of four games. I had an ankle issue when I woke up, so the day got off to a horrible start. It was worse than when I’d twisted it against Rafa.
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I could hardly walk, and I had an infected blister on my foot. I was quite bothered by it. To be able to overcome all of that and win the title was incredible, Alcaraz said. “I worked with my doctor and physio to fix it.