Carlos Alcaraz titled in Rio de Janeiro after his victory against Diego Schwartzman

He cowered behind the baseline, overcome with emotion. Then after the hug with his victim of the day, he went to embrace each of the members of his clan, before being acclaimed by the Brazilian public. Carlos Alcaraz won the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday after largely dominating (6-4, 6-2) the 14th world Diego Schwartzman in the final.

This is the second title of his career, his first ATP 500, after Umag, in July 2021. He is the youngest winner of an ATP 500 in history at 18 years, 9 months and 15 days. Direct consequence of this coronation in Brazil, the Spaniard will enter the top 20 on Monday. He will be 20th.

The two players had played two games on Saturday, their quarter and their half. But the protege of Juan Carlos Ferrero, not present this week, seemed fresher than Schwartzman. If he conceded the break on his first service game, Alcaraz recovered in stride. Then the 29th in the world put pressure on Schwartzman, who collapsed at 4-4 and conceded the break on a winning backhand passing from Alcaraz. The Spaniard concluded the first set with a winning backhand lob.

Direction Acapulco

The 29-year-old Argentinian seemed stunned, dejected. And lost his second set entry serve. If he came back to 1-1, Schwartzman could not hold up against the forehand accelerations – 10 forehand winners – and the backhand solidity of the Spaniard, who is also still as impressive in his ability to distill amortized at the right time. “He does impressive things, incredible work, praised Schwartzman about his executioner du jour. He’s a great person, a great competitor, he deserves to win the tournament. He’s going to win bigger titles. » The native of Murcia, who quickly led 4-1, did not flinch and finished the game easily.

Carlos Alcaraz will now fly to Mexico and the hard courts of Acapulco, where he will compete in a new ATP 500. His first opponent? Cameron Norrie (13th), also winner of a tournament on Sunday: Delray Beach.


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