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Carlos Alcaraz PETER CZIBORRA / REUTERS
The Spaniard dominated the final of the tournament on gr the Australian Alex De Minaur (6-4, 6-4).
Young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz won Sunday’s final of the ATP 500 tournament on gr at Queen’s, London, against Australian Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4, a victory that allows him to become world number one again.
Eight days before the start of Wimbledon, Alcaraz, 20, won his first trophy on gr, for only his third tournament on this surface. The Spaniard is thus guaranteed to return to the standings on Monday ahead of the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who had recovered the world throne earlier this month thanks to his final victory at Roland Garros, his 23rd Grand Slam title.
In particular, he succeeds a certain Rafael Nadal, winner in 2008 in this tournament, just before his first triumph at Wimbledon after a legendary final in five sets against Roger Federer.
“It means a lot to have my name on this trophy, recognized the player after the game. It helps me a lot to arrive at Wimbledon as world number one, for me it’s incredible“, he also admitted.
In the final, facing the 18th player in the world, much more accustomed to the surface than him since he won the Eastbourne tournament in 2021, Alcaraz was very comfortable, especially on the fly, winning 67% of the points at the net.
“I didn’t start the tournament very well. I had to adapt my movements on the gr, but it was an incredible week, with a lot of energy and quality“, he estimated.
The London public held their breath when a physio appeared at that moment to mage and strap the Spaniard’s right thigh, the one that had betrayed him against ‘Djoko’ in Paris.
There was a bit of a 0-30 scare when he served for the match, but Alcaraz racked up four points to become the first Under-21 player to win his first gr-court final since Richard Gasquet against Max Mirnyi, in Nottingham in 2005.