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Carlos Alcaraz crushes Adrian Mannarino in the 1st round of the Madrid Masters 1000

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The 17-year-old Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz crushed Adrian Mannarino in the first round in Madrid on Monday (6-4, 6-0) and will have the great privilege of facing his idol, Rafael Nadal, on Wednesday, his 18th birthday.

Some receive the keys to a gleaming car, others a large sum of money from their grandparents as a gift when they turn 18. Carlos Alcaraz, on the other hand, is going to be given what he always dreamed of as a child, a real-life Rafael Nadal! After a demonstration of power and commitment on Monday against Adrian Mannarino, whom he crushed in two sets and 1 hour and 11 minutes (6-4, 6-0), the young Spanish tennis nugget, ranked 120th in the world, will cross paths with his idol, Rafael Nadal, on the central « pista » on Wednesday, the very day of his eighteenth birthday!

A first Masters 1000 victory like in a wonderful world. « Today (Monday) was a special day for me, » he said, right on the court after his proper execution. « I’ve been here so many times as a kid. To stand in front of you on center court, it was an incredible feeling. On Wednesday, I’m just going to try to play my game, enjoy myself, try. Playing Rafa here, it’s a dream come true.  »

Mannarino in Alcaraz’ prison
And the least we can say is that the recent semi-finalist in Marbella (ATP 250), winner this year of his first Grand Slam match at the Australian Open (against Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp), has amply deserved it. Against him, Adrian Mannarino, ranked 34th in the world, did not exist. From one end to the other, the Frenchman was overwhelmed by the shots, the attacks, the audacity of the student of the former world number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

« On clay, I get a little confused about tactics and technique. I really don’t enjoy playing on this surface.  »

Adrian Mannarino
Carried by a serve that he can unleash, as if laughing, at 217 km/h, carried away by a bleeding and ultra-powerful forehand that he almost never brakes, Alcaraz is a thoroughbred, a born attacker. Constantly engaged, with the will to move forward quickly behind the shot, he left neither time nor space for Mannarino, who was totally trapped in Alcaraz’ house. « He played very well, he didn’t leave me any space. On clay courts, I get a little confused about tactics and technique. I don’t really enjoy playing on this surface, » said the Frenchman after the match. He played very well from the start, he didn’t leave me any room, he was solid from start to finish. But for me, here, it’s not the most important thing. »

Broken at the beginning of the first set, the Frenchman never scored more than two points on the young Spaniard’s serve throughout the match, even receiving the spanking in the second set, 6-0, in 29 minutes! The idol, Rafael Nadal, is warned. In Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz is past the age of autographs.

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