Alcaraz has presented as nothing short of the New King of men’s tennis, a genuine heir to the throne after a generation of false starts from those who dared to so much as eyeball the Big Three of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Overnight, he cleaned up Alexander Zverev in straight sets to win the Madrid Open on clay. En route, he beat his hero Nadal in the quarters and Djokovic in the semis. Zverev would later proclaim Alcaraz to be the best player in men’s tennis. On current evidence, few would argue.
Alcaraz now becomes the second-youngest player to win two Masters 1000 titles. The youngest was none other than Nadal, back in 2005. With four tournaments in his keeping already this year, a world No.6 ranking and a French Open about to unfold, the world is at Alcaraz’s electric feet.