Madrid Open: Carlos Alcaraz shocks Novak Djokovic to reach final
Teenage rising star Carlos Alcaraz shocked world number one Novak Djokovic in a three-set thriller to reach the Madrid Open final.
The 19-year-old Spaniard followed up his quarter-final win over Rafael Nadal with a 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) success.
Alcaraz coped with everything Djokovic threw at him and delighted the home crowd with some brilliant drop shots.
He plays defending champion Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final after the German beat Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Zverev – ranked third in the world – won 6-4 3-6 6-2 to record his first victory on a clay court over the Greek world number five.
Alcaraz becomes the first player to beat 21-time Grand Slam champion Nadal and 20-time major winner Djokovic on consecutive days on a clay court.
He is enjoying a superb season, winning a first Masters 1000 title in Miami last month which has helped him into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time.