After downing Nadal and Djokovic, ‘mature’ Alcaraz says he is ready for the big league – Sport

Carlos Al-Karaz said he was no longer nervous and was ready to face off against the world’s top players on a regular basis, beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to advance to the Madrid Open final on Saturday.

The 19-year-old beat Serbia 6-7 (5) 7-5 7-6 (5) in a heated competition over three hours, becoming the first player to beat Djokovic and Rafa Nadal on the same clay court. event.

Alkaraz was ranked 120th in the world just a year ago, but has entered the top 10 by winning three times this season.

When asked what has changed in his game now, Alcaraz said: I mean, the courts manage everything. Well, I think I can do a long rally.” In a seesaw clash that could go either way, Alcaraz used his aggression to great effect, beating a series of winners by beating Djokovic on a tiebreaker to play and arrange a meeting with Alexander Zverev on Sunday.

“As always, you have to try to get into the game. That decisive moment is seeing good players and best players. I want to change that.” Alcaraz, who will move up to number six when the new rankings are released on Monday, added.

“I feel ready to compete with them (Djokovic and Nadal) in every single tournament, every single surface. In the Grand Slam, it’s completely different. I think it’s time for a best-of-five but… I think I’m ready.” In a match against Zverev, Alcaraz will claim his second ATP Masters 1000 crown after winning Miami earlier this year.