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Carlos Alcaraz Clinches Third Grand Slam Title at the French Open

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz triumphed at the French Open, securing his third Grand Slam title by defeating Germany’s Alexander Zverev in a thrilling final at Roland Garros on Sunday. Alcaraz’s victory came after a grueling match, ending with scores of 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

Alcaraz, celebrated for his diverse and impressive shot repertoire, showcased his skills with a remarkable running, sliding, down-the-line forehand winner. He marked the moment by raising his right index finger in a “No. 1” gesture and exclaiming “Vamos!” in jubilation.

Although Alcaraz is currently ranked No. 2, the man he bested in the semifinals, Jannik Sinner, will take the top spot on Monday. Nevertheless, Alcaraz’s performance reaffirms his status as one of the top players in men’s tennis. At just 21, his accomplishments surpass those of any man at his age.

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Alcaraz’s latest victory adds to his collection of Grand Slam titles, including wins on hard courts at the U.S. Open in 2022 and grass at Wimbledon in 2023. He remains undefeated in Slam finals.

Alexander Zverev, a 27-year-old from Germany, praised Alcaraz’s talent and predicted more victories in his future. Despite leading after the third set, Zverev couldn’t maintain his advantage, and Alcaraz surged back, dominating the last two sets. Alcaraz’s focus and resilience were evident as he overcame distractions and leg cramps to finish strong.

This final was historic as it was the first since 2004 without at least one of the tennis greats Nadal, Djokovic, or Federer. Despite initial jitters and a match filled with unforced errors, Alcaraz delivered when it mattered most, showing off his signature drop shots, half-volleys, and powerful forehands.

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Alcaraz’s journey to this victory was not without its challenges. Entering the tournament with a forearm injury, he expressed pride in this win, calling it the proudest moment of his career so far. In the decisive fifth set, under immense pressure, Alcaraz displayed remarkable grit, saving four break points and ultimately sealing the win with a deft drop shot.

The crowd erupted in applause as Alcaraz celebrated, mirroring the clay-caked celebrations of his idol Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz, who prefers hard courts but has a deep connection with the clay surface, realized his long-held dream of joining the ranks of Spanish champions at Roland Garros, including his coach and 2003 champion, Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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