The Spaniard, born in 2003, defeats Gasquet 6-2 6-2 on Croatian clay. It was since the days of Nishikori (2008) that there was no such young winner
Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest player to have won an ATP tournament in the Open era since Kei Nishikori (2008). At 18 years, 2 months and 20 days (among the active players only Rafa Nadal did better, in 2004, with 8 days less at the registry office) the Spanish talent triumphed in Croatia, in Umag, where he defeated Richard Gasquet 6 -2 6-2 in an hour and 16 minutes.
Born in 2003, Alcaraz raised his first career trophy at the age of 18, thus breaking the delay on his talent. Raised at Nadal’s school, he can become (ideally for now) his heir.
The match had no history. The athletic freshness of Alcaraz swept away the quality of Gasquet that nothing could stay in Carlos’ wake. Which held very high percentages both with the first balls (78% of which winning) and with the second (59%). And in response he also traveled well, with 62% of Gasquet’s second teams victoriously sent back to the Frenchman’s field. For Alcaraz, coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero, it’s time to celebrate.
July 25 – 10:40 pm
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