Carlos Alcaraz continues to prove that this is a genuine phenomenon. This Saturday reached another moment to remember, in his short career, beating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the ATP 1000 Madrid.
In what would have been the best match of the season on the ATP Tour, the young Spaniard won 6-7(5), 7-5 and 7-6(5), after an incredible time of 3h38 minutes.
It was one of those duels that will be remembered for a long time, given the quality presented by both players. With a torrid atmosphere – and clearly for Alcaraz – Djokovic was indifferent to all this and ended up winning the first part of the tie-break after a lot of balance.
There was some doubt as to whether Alcaraz would be able to react in the second set, but it was soon realized he was more than capable. After several games with break points, but without achievements on either side, it was in the 12th game that the Spaniard broke the Serb, winning everything in the dark.
There we had absolute balance again and always with moments of absolute brilliance. Djokovic still saved the match point when it served to equalize 5-5 but Alcaraz ended up winning in the decisive tie-break.
The 19-year-old made history by becoming the first player to beat Djokovic and Nadal back to back on clay. Alcaraz advances to the Grand Finals and will fight for the title against Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas.