Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz reaches the final of the Madrid Open, with victory in three sets over Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal one day. Novak Djokovic next.

The list of victims of the Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz continues to grow.

And so does the hype about the new tennis sensation.

After defeating his idol Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday (local time), the 19-year-old Alcaraz came from behind to beat top-ranked Djokovic 6-7 (7/5), 7-5, 7-6 (7/ 5) after more than three and a half hours on Saturday to reach the final of the Madrid Open.

“It was one of those games to enjoy,” Alcaraz said.

Carlos Alcaraz hits in forehand
Carlos Alcaraz delighted the Madrid Open crowd, hitting over 30 forehands against Novak Djokovic.(Getty Images/Quality Sport Images: Jose Manuel Alvarez)


Alcaraz converted on his third match point to clinch the win, his 27th of the year, in front of a raucous home crowd on the Caja Magica center court.

“Playing against the number one player in the world, in front of this crowd here in Madrid, it’s unbelievable,” he said.

A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, the most of any player. He has already recorded tournament victories in Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona.

He will face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Alcaraz, the youngest player in the top 10 since Nadal in 2005, has won this year in Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.


He beat Nadal for the first time on Friday and triumphed against Djokovic in his first match.

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