| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Mike Lawrence/USTA

 

The Mutua Madrid Open wrapped up this weekend, with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur claiming the Women’s Singles title on Saturday, and Spain’s own Carlos Alcaraz winning the Men’s Singles title on Sunday.

Alcaraz continued his spectacular 2022 season with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over third-ranked Alexander Zverev. The win was Zverev’s second Masters 1000 title of the season, and a tour-leading fourth title of the year.

Prior to defeating Zverev, Alcaraz beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on back-to-back days, becoming the first player to beat both of them at the same clay-court event.

“It feels great to be able to beat these players. To beat two of the best players in history and then Zverev, the World No. 3. He is a great player. I would say this is the best week of my life,” said Alcaraz. “I am 19-years-old, which I think is the key to be able to play long and tough matches in a row. I am feeling great physically.”

Alcaraz also spoke about growing up watching this tournament on television and seeing his idol, Nadal, win the event.

“Watching Rafa lift this trophy gave me a lot of power to work hard for this moment,” he said. “It was a great moment for me. It is the first tournament I watched, so lifting the trophy today is so emotional.”

Alcaraz moves up three spots to No. 6 in the world rankings.

On Saturday, Jabeur won the first WTA 1000 title of her career as she outlasted American Jessica Pegula 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 to claim the Madrid trophy.

Jabeur won the back-and-forth affair after one hour and 54 minutes.

“She was really good, putting a lot of pressure, playing kind of the game that I don’t like,” said Jabeur. “As soon as I was 30-0 down on my serve [in the last game], I was like, ‘Of course you want to make it tougher. Of course you want to suffer here. You don’t want to just finish an easy game.’ When I had the match point, I was like I had to win it from the beginning, otherwise it’s going to be very tough for me. But I’m very happy and trying to realize that I won today, really.”

Jabeur fell in the finals of Charleston last month, and was relieved with how she was able to win the event in Madrid this time around.

“I’m so happy that I didn’t wait long, because I was really disappointed after Charleston and Stuttgart,” said Jabeur, who has now won 12 matches on clay this season, the most on tour. “I was really close and I know I was playing really good there. But I have been doing a lot of hard work to see that it’s paying off. I cannot describe how I feel right now.”

With her triumph, Jabeur moves up to No. 7 in the world.