MADRID — After beating Rafael Nadal on Friday, Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz did it once more with an upset of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on the Madrid Open on Saturday.
After defeating Nadal, his idol, within the quarterfinals, the 19-year-old Alcaraz rallied to beat Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) in a match that lasted greater than 3 1/2 hours to succeed in the Madrid Open remaining.
Alcaraz transformed on his third match level to clinch the victory in entrance of a raucous dwelling crowd on the Caja Magica middle court docket.
A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, probably the most of any participant.
He’ll face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas, who met within the late semifinal on Saturday.
Alcaraz, the youngest participant within the high 10 since Nadal in 2005, has received this yr in Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.
He beat Nadal for the primary time on Friday, and triumphed towards Djokovic of their first match, changing into simply the fifth participant to defeat the 2 superstars on back-to-back days — and the primary to do it since Roger Federer achieved the feat on the 2010 ATP Finals.
Alcaraz additionally turned the youngest participant to defeat an ATP World No. 1 since Nadal beat Federer within the 2005 French Open semifinal on his nineteenth birthday.
Djokovic stays and not using a title this season as he continues to attempt to regain his greatest kind going into his title protection on the French Open in 9 days.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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