Carlos Alcaraz admits beating Rafael Nadal was ‘a dream come true’

Carlos Alcaraz admitted that it ‘was a dream come true’ to beat Rafael Nadal at the fourth attempt, and even more to do it on clay.

Alcaraz went up against compatriot Nadal in Madrid and defied an ankle injury to come out on top 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

The 19-year-old started the match much the better and looked to be in control before rolling his ankle at the start of the second set.

That gave Nadal the upper hand and he ruthlessly exploited it to level the match, but once Alcaraz got more mobility in his ankle back he refused to be denied and recorded a landmark win.

“It means a lot to me,” Alcaraz, who became the first teenager to ever beat Nadal, said after the match.

“All the hard work that I put in every day pays off today. To beat Rafa, to beat the best player in history on clay, it means a lot to me.

“I don’t know what to say, it’s unbelievable to play in this stadium against the best athlete in history in Spain, the best player in history on clay.

It has been an unbelievable match. The King of Spain watching was amazing for me, I never played in front of such a great person. For me, it’s a dream come true.”

When asked about the ankle injury he picked up in the second set, Carlos Alcaraz said: “It affected me a lot.

“When I lost the second set, I [just] thought that I was able to come back, to do my best, try everything on court, fight until the last ball. It was the key.”

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