Alexander Zverev has hailed Spanish youngster Carlos Alcaraz as the 'best player in the world' after he picked up his fourth title this year in Madrid.
Zverev was hoping to defend his 2021 Madrid title, but was overwhelmed by the 19-year-old who won the final 6-3, 6-1 in just over 60 minutes.
It caps an incredible week for Alcaraz in which he also beat childhood idol Rafael Nadal for the first time and world number one Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches.
The win has given the youngster a career-high ranking of 6th in the world after a successful season that has seen him win Barcelona, Rio De Janeiro and the Miami Masters.
After the match world number three Zverev congratulated his opponent and said he is exciting for tennis.
“I want to congratulate Carlitos," Zverev said.
"Right now you are the best player in the world.
“It is great for tennis that we have such a new superstar that is going to win so many Grand Slams, that is going to be world number one and I think is going to win this tournament many more times.”
After the match, a humble Alcaraz played down the accolade saying he still has to prove himself.
“Djokovic is number one in the ranking,” Alcaraz said. “Because I have won Barcelona and I have beaten Djokovic and Rafa in Madrid, I don’t consider myself the best player in the world.
“I also think that tomorrow I’m going to be sixth [in the world rankings] so I still have five players in front of me to be the best one.”
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