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The young Spanish tennis prodigy Carlos Alcaraz has admitted that winning the 2022 Barcelona Open tournament has been special. In fact, it was the tournament he loved to watch when he was a kid and dreamed of winning one fine day.

Alcaraz, 18, had to work very hard to lift the Barcelona trophy as he had to win 2 games last Sunday, much to the delight of his fans. Alcaraz started with Barcelona’s semifinal match against Alex De Miñaur last Saturday, but the rain made an appearance and forced the match to be suspended.

Alcaraz and De Minaur thus continued their match at 11:00 am the next day, Sunday, and it was the Spaniard who won this great duel with a score of 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6- Four. A few hours later, Alcaraz returned to the courts and beat his compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta 6-3, 6-2 to win in Barcelona.

“It means a lot to me. I’ve been watching this tournament since I was a kid. I always wanted to play in this tournament and of course to be able to win it,” said Alcaraz after his victory.

“I am very, very happy to be part of the (historical) list of Spaniards (who beat Barcelona). Rafael Nadal, for his part, has won 3 titles since the start of the 2022 season: The Melbourne Summer Set, the Open from Australia (which was deprived of the then defending champion, Novak Djokovic) then Rafa won the Mexico Open in Acapulco.

Boris Becker spoke about Rafa Nadal

Tennis legend Boris Becker believes Rafael Nadal seemed “invincible” at the start of the season and his rib injury came at the worst possible time.

“In fact, Nadal was considered invincible until he got injured in the semi-final against Alcaraz after playing for 3 hours,” Becker said.

The German believes Nadal’s rib problem hides an underlying problem and says he suffered a similar problem himself when playing professionally.

“Something is wrong with his rib,” said the former German pro. “I had that once too. It hurts a lot and it takes a long time before you can play properly again because they are useful for you to breathe. And especially now during the clay court season, that is of course a big setback for him. .”

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