Carlos Alcaraz has immediately put himself on a par with the Manolos, Santana and Orantes, and Rafael Nadal. Reclaiming his title on the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell has made him the fourth Spanish tennis participant able to inscribing his identify twice on the checklist of winners of the historic trophy.
Alcaraz, who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, is the eleventh participant to repeat his triumph on the Godo a yr later because the first version in 1953. And he did it with out dropping a set. A forehand that appeared to journey on the pace of sunshine was an excessive amount of for the Greek.
Tsitsipas seems misplaced each time he enters a remaining of a class 500 occasion. He has now misplaced 10 instances in as many finals.
The organisers, in a nod to the champion, performed the music ‘Eye of the tiger’ by Survivor, which Alcaraz and his group sing within the automobile earlier than matches to inspire themselves. “I all the time keep in mind the Rocky motion pictures, all of the songs,” he says.
Alcaraz began off extra nervous than his opponent as a result of he has but to efficiently defend a event crown. He was unable to take action final season in Umag and this yr in Rio and Miami (semi-finals).
Helped by a crowd dedicated to the brand new Spanish no.1, Alcaraz regained the break instantly after dropping his personal serve.
Alcaraz continued to energy via to go away his opponent with out a likelihood of a comeback, and sealed one other trophy.