The Next Nadal? Spanish Teen Ace Breaks Nadal’s Record in Madrid Open

Another Spaniard is making waves in the international men’s tennis scene as Carlos Alcaraz Garfia defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round of the Mutua Madrid open.

With the win, the then 17-year-old prodigy became the youngest match winner in Madrid Open history. The previous record-holder is none other than legendary tennis star and compatriot Rafael Nadal who won in 2004 at 18 years old.

Карлос Гарфия
Carlos Alcaraz / source

Ironically, on the same day Alcaraz turned 18, he faced the man whose record he beat in a second round matchup. The top-seeded Nadal, however, was too good for the birthday celebrant as the former overpowered the latter, 6-1, 6-2, to breeze through to the Round of 16.

Карлос Гарфия и Рафаэль Надаль
Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal / source

The ATP Tour Masters 1000 event with a total purse of €2,614,465 will culminate on May 9 at the Caja Magica in Madrid.

What else is Alcaraz known for?

Last February, the teenage sensation became the youngest male player in seven years to win a Grand Slam match at the Australian Open. 

In April 2019, at 15 years, 11 months and 5 days old, he defeated Pedro Martinez who, at that time, was No. 140 in the ATP rankings at the ATP Murcia Challenger Draw 2019. This was the first time in 11 years that a player his age outlasted a top 150 opponent. 

Earlier in the same month, as a wildcard entry in the 2019 JC Ferrero Challenger Open in his hometown Alicante, he defeated Italian Jannik Sinner, making him the first player born in 2003 to win a professional match.

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