Carlos Alcaraz described the Madrid Masters as 'the best week of his life' after he beat Alexander Zverev to win the tournament.
Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic back-to-back to earn the opportunity to win a second Masters title, and he took his chance by demolishing Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in just 62 minutes.
It continues a remarkable year for 19-year-old Alcaraz, who has now won four titles and will climb to number six in the new world rankings.
“It feels great to be able to beat these kind of players; two of the best players in the history and Zverev at number three in the world," Alcaraz told Amazon Prime.
“I would say this is the best week of my life, so I’m going to enjoy this tournament a lot."
“Watching Rafa lift this trophy so many (times over the) years, gave me the power to work hard for this moment.
"It is a great moment for me. This is the first tournament I watched when I was a kid so lifting this trophy was so emotional.”
Alexander Zverev branded Carlos Alcaraz 'the best player in the world' after the match, and he himself admitted he now feels like he belongs among tennis' elite.
“Last year I came to Madrid to live a new experience and measure myself against the best in the world," Alcaraz said. "Today I feel like one of them."
Alcaraz has decided to withdraw from Rome next week to fully prepare for Roland Garros.
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