Carlos Alcaraz Overcomes Alexander Zverev For First French Open Title, Becomes Youngest Man To...

Carlos Alcaraz kept cool after falling two-sets-to-one behind to secure a gritty victory against Alexander Zverev. The Spaniard, who arrived at Roland Garros having not competed for three weeks due to a right arm injury, raised his level to win 12 of the final 15 games and secure a major crown for the third consecutive season.
Carlos Alcaraz wins French Open

Carlos Alcaraz wins French Open

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Spain's Carlos Alcaraz outlasted Alexander Zverev 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 to lift his maiden French Open trophy on Sunday.
With his four-hour, 19-minute victory on the Paris clay, the 21-year-old Alcaraz became the youngest player to capture a Grand Slam title on three different surfaces after his wins on hard courts at the 2022 US Open and grass at 2023 Wimbledon.
Alcaraz kept cool after falling two-sets-to-one behind to secure a gritty victory against Zverev. The Spaniard, who arrived at Roland Garros having not competed for three weeks due to a right arm injury, raised his level to win 12 of the final 15 games and secure a major crown for the third consecutive season.
"It has been incredible work.The last month we were struggling a lot with the injury. Looking back to Madrid, I didn't feel well. The next week there were a lot of doubts and then coming here and practising not too much. I am really grateful to have the team that I have and the people I have around," said Alcaraz to his team at the trophy ceremony.
"I know that everyone in my team is giving their heart just to make me improve as a player and a person. To grow up. So I am really grateful and I call you a team, but it is a family," he added.
Notably, both Alcaraz and Zverev both tried to mix up their play to keep their opponent on his toes, but it was Alcaraz’s ability to produce big points at big moments that ultimately proved crucial. The Spaniard converted nine of 16 break points he earned, with Zverev converting just six of 23.
"Congratulations Carlos. Third Grand Slam, 21 years old. It's incredible. You won three different ones. You're already a Hall of Famer and you're only 21 years old," said Zverev.
A pivotal moment in the deciding set came with Alcaraz serving at 2-1, 15/40. The Spaniard sent down a second serve that was called out, but the chair umpire checked the mark and called it in. From nearly double-faulting to relinquish serve, Alcaraz went on to hold serve and consolidate his early fifth-set service break.
Alcaraz, who is now 52-10 in Grand Slam matches, is the seventh Spaniard to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaires. That list includes his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who won the Paris major in 2003.
"I want to congratulate Sascha for a great beginning of this year, a great level of tennis, a great tournament. It is unbelievable the level that you are playing and the level of work you are putting in every day. I know you give your heart every day you step on the court," said Alcaraz to Zverev, who is second in the ATP Live Race To Turin.
"I think that I know everything you have been through in the past years with the injury on this court, the work that you put in to today being here in the final of this tournament. It has been an unbelievable journey since then. I am pretty sure you will have the opportunities to win slams or this tournament very, very soon," he added.
After his victory against Zverev at Roland Garros, Alcaraz is 11-1 in five-set matches. His only loss came against Matteo Berrettini at the 2022 Australian Open.
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