BARCELONA, Spain – World quantity two Carlos Alcaraz beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 to win the Barcelona Open on Sunday and clinch his third ATP Tour title of the yr and the ninth general for the 19-year-old.
Alcaraz, who had an injury-plagued begin to the season and was overwhelmed by Jannik Sinner within the semi-finals of his final match, the Miami Open, gained in Barcelona for the second consecutive yr, taking the title with out dropping a set.
The Spanish teenager beat world quantity 5 and second seed Tsitsipas with the identical ease that he dispatched each different opponent in Barcelona this week.
Alcaraz, who in December grew to become the youngest year-end world primary because the ATP rankings started, was near perfection on Sunday and gave a masterclass as he gained in lower than 80 minutes.
It was Tsitsipas’s fourth consecutive loss to Alcaraz.
“At this time I used to be myself, I used to be fluid and relaxed. It was the proper second to do it and I’m tremendous comfortable to have delivered it in excellent vogue,” Alcaraz informed TVE.
“Yesterday, earlier than going to sleep I used to be so tense and wakened right this moment very nervous. Nonetheless, the warm-up helped me to loosen up, and I assumed I ought to let my physique movement and never be tight.
“I needed to neglect about all the things else and simply be me on the courtroom. I’m nonetheless shocked to obtain such a heat welcome right here in my nation, as a 19-year-old child I couldn’t think about that I’d expertise what I’m dwelling wherever I’m going.”
Tsitsipas managed to interrupt Alcaraz within the third recreation, however the Spaniard hit proper again and obtained one other break earlier than closing out the first-set in 38 minutes.
Alcaraz was much more aggressive within the second set as he attacked relentlessly and broke Tsitsipas’s serve within the fifth recreation.
He didn’t give his opponent an opportunity to struggle again and closed out the match with a robust forehand earlier than celebrating with the house followers.
The following step within the Spaniard’s buildup to the French Open would be the Madrid Masters which begins subsequent Thursday.
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