Alcaraz makes history in Umag title win
Carlos Alcaraz beat Richard Gasquet in the final of the Umag Open to bring his first ATP Tour title home. The young star has proved his worth as the youngest champion in almost more than a decade of tennis. Carlos’ big success continues to get even better in 2021.
The Next Gen ATP star took down Gasquet in just two sets to get his first title at 6-2 and 6-2. Carlos is now the youngest champion in the game since Kei Nishikori came out on top of the Delray Beach in 2008 at the age of 18.
Carlos crushed a final forehand shot to close out the win as he launched a ball high into the Croatian night. His coach, former world no. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, came up from his seat and smiled as his star now won a huge title in his career. When the two shared a warm hug, a lot of fans were quick to call it ‘the passing of the torch’.
Carlos talked about that moment. The young star said, ‘It’s amazing. I have a lot of emotions. I’m really, really happy with this victory, this win, my first ATP title. I’m going to enjoy this moment a lot’.
For starters, this was a huge win for Alcaraz. Gasquet was also one of the best young stars in the ATP Tour back then. The French star won his first match at the age of 15 in 2002 - just a year before Carlos was born.
Carlos had a lot of eyes on him when he came into the ATP Tour first in Rio de Janeiro back in 2020. That time, Carlos won three ATP Challenger Tour titles and was even poised for big glory in the league. The teen did not hold back from the opportunity as he took over his game against a star who has 15 titles in just one hour and 17 minutes.
‘I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players’, said the young star. ‘I think that I grew up a lot in this tournament and I keep a lot of experience from this tournament. It’s going to be useful for the future’.
Gasquet has one of the best backhands in this era of tennis and he has this great way to make a mix of spins and speeds to wreak havoc on his opponents. Carlos did not even bat an eye in his game as he had his own lethal strikes one after another. He broke Gasquet’s serve four times and had none on his own.
Carlos has a bright future ahead of him. He might be one of the best rising stars in the ATP Tour and a lot of fans will get to know his name soon as he keeps on making waves.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores