Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz couldn’t hide his happiness and excitement after winning his maiden ATP title in Umag.
Alcaraz, 18, demolished No. 4 seed Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 in the Umag final.
”It’s amazing. I have a lot of emotions. I’m really, really happy with this victory, this win, my first ATP [title],” Alcaraz said, per the ATP website. “I’m going to enjoy this moment a lot.”
Alcaraz’s run to the Umag title also included wins over former top-10 player Lucas Pouille, Andrej Martin, Filip Krajinovic and No. 1 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
“I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players,” Alcaraz said. “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.”
Alcaraz dominated Gasquet
Alcaraz earned the first break of the match in the third game and also broke Gasquet in the seventh game to take a 5-2 lead.
In the eighth game, Alcaraz realized his first set point.
Alcaraz lost the opening game of the second set but then earned back-to-back to take a 5-1 lead.
Gasquet ended Alcaraz’s run in the seventh game but Alcaraz served out for the match in the eighth game.
After the final, 15-time ATP champion Gasquet offered a high praise for Alcaraz.
“It was tough for me to play [with] full intensity. I had a tough match yesterday. It was tough, and especially with a guy like Carlos, who is playing really fast with a lot of energy and spin,” Gasquet said. “He’s playing unbelievable. He’s only 18 and of course he has a great future and I just couldn’t play at his level and his intensity. That was the key of the match and he didn’t lose a point. He played well, very solid. He’s a great player.”