We thought that world No. 9 Carlos Alcaraz might be a little sore from rolling his ankle in his win over world No. 4 Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, but the 19-year-old looked as fresh as can be during his gripping, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis. Now, Alcaraz will look to win back-to-back clay-court titles, and his second Masters 1000 title of the season, against two-time Mutua Madrid Open champion and world No. 3 Alexander Zverev.
This will be the third meeting between these two players, with Zverev 2-0 against the surging Spaniard. This has, however, been a week of firsts for Alcaraz, who had never defeated Nadal or Djokovic before this weekend. He has also improved drastically since his last battle with Zverev, as that match came in Vienna back in October 2021. This year’s version of Alcaraz is a heck of a lot better than last year’s; the 19-year-old is arguably the best player on the planet right now.