Alcaraz won his ninth consecutive match when he defeated the world No 1 in three sets in Saturday’s semi-final, becoming the first man in history t
Alcaraz won his ninth consecutive match when he defeated the world No 1 in three sets in Saturday’s semi-final, becoming the first man in history to beat Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back on clay. Although he was “disappointed”, the Serb sent his conqueror a kind message on Instagram after the match and wished him luck for the final.
“Great things to come from this talent in the future,” the three-time former champion in Madrid wrote, posting a series of photos of his embrace at the net with the seventh seed. “Good luck in the final tomorrow @carlitosalcarazz.” He then shared the photos to his Instagram Story where he wished Alcaraz luck for a second time.
Djokovic had been complimentary of his opponent both before and after the match, admitting the four-time title winner “deserved” to beat him. “Congrats to him. He held his nerve very well. For somebody of his age to play so maturely and courageously is impressive. He deserved to win,” the top seed said following his defeat.
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