Carlos Alcaraz (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz, who turns 18 on Wednesday, earned himself a dream birthday bash by setting up a second-spherical meeting with compatriot and claycourt nice Rafa Nadal at the Madrid Open.
“It’s the best present for my birthday,” Alcaraz instructed Tennis Channel. “To play against Rafa here in Madrid in front of the Spanish crowd, I will never forget this moment and I will learn from him.”
In order to safe a meeting with his childhood idol, Alcaraz thrashed France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4 6-0 for his maiden ATP Masters 1000 match win on Monday.
The outcome additionally made one hundred and twentieth-ranked Alcaraz the youngest match winner in Madrid — eclipsing 18-12 months-outdated Nadal’s file in 2004.
“I don’t know how to describe this feeling now,” Alcaraz added. “It’s a dream come true.”
“They always say the 18th birthday is special, but it will be even more special to turn 18 playing against one of the best tennis players of all time, and the best for me.”
World quantity two Nadal, who has acquired a gap-spherical bye, will probably be chasing his sixth title within the Spanish capital after claiming his 87th tour-degree title in Barcelona final month.