Carlos Alcaraz beats German Struff and retakes his title in Madrid
The Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz reedited this Sunday his title at the Mutua Madrid Open, fourth Masters 1000 of the season, after beating the surprise of the tournament, the German Jan-Lennard Struff, in three sets by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and after almost two hours and a half of match.
At its best
The Spaniard was not at his best against an opponent who showed that his presence in the final was no coincidence and who made things very difficult for him. Even so, he was able to overcome the difficulties to win his fourth Masters 1000 and his tenth title of his career, fourth in 2023, all at the age of 20.
Fifth victory in six tournaments
His victory, in his fifth final of the year out of six events played, also allowed the player from El Palmar to be the first to defend the trophy in the Caja Mágica since his compatriot Rafa Nadal (2013 and 2014), and will also give him the option of returning to number one if he decides to play in Rome and occupy the top of the ranking for the assault on Roland Garros.
Will be at the Rome Masters 1000
Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz acknowledged how «super exciting» it is to have defended the Mutua Madrid Open title on Sunday and confirmed that he will be at the Rome Masters 1000 because he is «ambitious», which will allow him to regain the world number one ranking.
Very nice achievements
«These are very nice achievements. Winning my fourth Masters 1000, defending the title here and being almost at the gates of regaining the number one, are very big things I’m doing and I’m very proud of the work and these achievements. I am ambitious and we will go for Rome,» said Alcaraz at a press conference.
A finals player
Alcaraz does not hide the fact that he can be considered «a player of finals» since he has won almost all the ones he has played thanks to his «capacity» to know how to play «the important moments» of the matches. «That’s when I grow and do things differently than other players,» he said. «Yes, I am one of those who plays badly and is capable of pulling out the games. Eighty percent of the matches in a year you don’t play at the level you want and those days are the ones that count twice as much because you have to know how to overcome the difficulties,» added the world number two, who is only worried about «injuries» for the future.