Carlos Alcaraz beats Alexander Zverev


Paris: Carlos Alcaraz outlasted German Alexander Zverev to win a maiden French Open and become the youngest man to capture Grand Slam titles on all three surfaces with a 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 victory in a nail-biting final on Sunday.

The contest may not have been a classic, but the Spaniard showed he belonged in the big league as he added a third Grand Slam title to his 2022 US Open and 2023 Wimbledon triumphs.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates with the trophy after winning the men’s singles final at the French Open.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates with the trophy after winning the men’s singles final at the French Open. Credit:

While the 21-year-old has won all of his three major finals, Sunday’s defeat prolonged Zverev’s frustration at Grand Slams, with the German still chasing a first title despite reaching the last four eight times.

In the first men’s Roland Garros final not featuring any member of the Big Three – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer – in two decades, Alcaraz and Zverev failed to impress, their lack of consistency making for a disappointing display.

Alcaraz often looked like he had got the upper hand, only to let it slip several times but he ultimately rose to the occasion against an increasingly frustrated Zverev.

Carlos Alcaraz plays a backhand against Alexander Zverev.

Carlos Alcaraz plays a backhand against Alexander Zverev.Credit:

The fourth seed has now lost both his Grand Slam finals, after losing the US Open decider four years ago when he was two points away from victory against Dominic Thiem.

Alcaraz, who has suffered with bouts of nerves at Roland Garros, where his compatriot Nadal won a record 14 titles, kept his composure despite some blips.

On a sun-kissed court Philippe Chatrier, Alcaraz slapped a forehand winner down the line to snatch the early break, only for Zverev to level for 1-1.



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