Madrid Open: Carlos Alcaraz Defeats Rafael Nadal and Books His Spot in the Semi-Finals

Madrid Open Carlos Alcaraz Defeats Rafael Nadal and Books His Spot in the Semi-Finals

Carlos Alcaraz won an unimaginable match against Rafael Nadal and is now heading towards the Madrid Open Semi-Finals. Alcaraz will face Djokovic on 7th May at 7:30 pm for Semi-Finals.

It was quite an exciting Quarter-Finals between both Spaniards, Alcaraz and Nadal, as the match saw a back and forth shift in the winning probabilities. Both faced off at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain on 6th May at 7:30 pm Indian Standard Time. 

Nadal was playing after a six-week-long break due to a rib injury and was ill-prepared for the match. It was a perfect opportunity for Carlos to score against Nadal. Rafael was out of form, and it was supposedly an easy win for Alcaraz, and he won the first set by 6-2. Though Carlos won, Rafael scored the first two points and gave a tough competition. The second set gave the game an incredible twist. Nadal was out of form and won the second round by 1-6. It was an astonishing set played by Nadal as he now took advantage of Carlos’s injury. Alcaraz suffered from an injury scare as he twisted his ankle during the game. Now the supposed winning match for him was slipping out of his hand.

After a break, Carlos entered with his ankle rolled, and now both were at an equal height of playing. The match became pretty interesting as the win probability was now ticking towards Nadal. Alcaraz nonetheless emerged on top as he defeated the incredible 21 times World Champion Rafael Nadal by a 6-3.

After Carlos’s historic win, he said, “It means a lot to me, all the hard work that I put in every day paid off today to beat Rafa, beat the best player in history on clay, it means a lot to me.” The 19 years old Carlos Alcaraz became the first-ever teenager to defeat the World Champion Rafael Nada. He further stated, “ It affected me a lot the fall in the second set but, when I lost the second, I went to the bathroom, and I believed I was able to get back, I was able to do my best, try everything on the court, fight until the last ball, and I think it was the key.” 

Carlos Alcaraz will now face Novak Djokovic, who defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz to enter the Semi-Finals. 

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