Carlos Alcaraz: Experience gained after playing Rafael Nadal helped me a lot

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, 18, said winning the Next Gen ATP Finals was an “amazing” feeling. 

Alcaraz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 32 in the world, saw off world No. 39 Sebastian Korda 4-3 (5) 4-2 4-2 to win it all in Milan..

Alcaraz went a perfect 5-0 at the Next Gen ATP Finals. 

In five matches played, Alcaraz dropped just one set..

“I feeling amazing,” Alcaraz said after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals, per the ATP website. “It feels good to end the year in the best way possible. Playing great matches against great players. It is the best way to finish the year.”

Alcaraz clashed Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters  

Alcaraz easily lost to Nadal in Madrid but he learned a lot from that match and it helped him in the rest of the season. 

“It has been a really good season for me,” Alcaraz said. “I am really happy about the moments I have experienced. Beating Stefanos [Tsitsipas] at the US Open, reaching the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam and winning my first ATP [Tour title].

“But I think this would not have been possible without the experience I gained in Madrid, playing against Rafa [Nadal]. In Acapulco, playing against [Alexander] Zverev. There are a lot of tournament matches that gave me a lot of experience to make me more mature so soon.”

Alcaraz was down.0-30 when serving for the match against Korda in the sixth game of the third set but then he won four points in a row to seal the win. 

“It is something I am working on,” Alcaraz said. “Juan Carlos told me that in the tough moments you have to play aggressively and you have to go for it and that is what I do. I am working on that to be calm in the tough moments, that is the key to winning the tough points. You have to go for it.”

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