There are times in tennis when you just have to sit, watch and applaud and Monday afternoon in Madrid was one of those as 17 year old Carlos Alcaraz put on a show at the Caja Magica on his Madrid Open debut to win his first match at Masters 1000 level.
The Spaniard’s opponent was a tricky French players in the left handed Adrian Mannarino but his stay in Madrid didn’t last too long.
Carlos came out with confidence and got stuck into the match and Adrian’s serve immediately, there was no hesitation from the 17 year old who made himself at home in a home tournament.
Alcaraz was quick out the blocks, the Frenchman was 30-15 up on serve but he got stuck in and sealed an immediate break of serve to the delight of the crowd on the Manola Santana Stadium.
To his credit he stayed soo focused and put on a display of dominance, his backhand did an exceptional job in pushing back the Frenchman but his forehand was the main shot of success hitting 24 winners, 19 of which were off the forehand and kept Mannarino to just hitting 4 winners in total…
After taking that early break in the first set he didn’t look back sealing the set 6-4 and in the second set went onto dominate on another level sealing a 6-4 6-0 win over Mannarino.
Alcaraz won 7 games in a row en-route to sealing a super Masters 1000 debut win and wasn’t troubled on serve, Mannarino only got to 30-40 on the teenagers service games twice, not even a deuce or a break point opportunity on Alcaraz’ service games.
Wednesday is set to be a big day for Carlos, he will be up against his idol and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in what is set to be a memorable encounter on the teenagers 18th birthday!