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Alcaraz beat lucky loser Struff to keep Madrid Open title


MADRID –

Carlos Alcaraz successfully defended his Madrid Open title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over lucky loser Jan-Lennard Struff on Sunday, moving closer to restoring his place. my world number 1

The 20-year-old Spaniard will return to the top of the rankings for the French Open if he plays at least one match at the upcoming Italian Open.

He converted his first match point after a tough battle with Struff to claim his fourth title of the year and 10th of his impressive youth career. He also successfully defended his title in Barcelona two weeks ago.

It was Alcaraz’s 29th win of the season and his 21st in a row in Spain following a loss to Rafael Nadal in Madrid on his 18th birthday two years ago.

Alcaraz’s other titles this year were in Buenos Aires and Indian Wells. He is the first player to win two Masters 1000 titles this season.

Big serve Struff was the first lucky player to reach the ATP Masters 1000 final, after winning a surprise spot in the main draw after another player had to drop out.

The 33-year-old German, ranked 65 in the world, is trying to become the fourth player and the first in more than 20 years to win his first trophy at tour level at the Masters 1000.

Struff lost in the final round of qualifying to Aslan Karatsev, whom he eventually defeated in the semifinals after beating fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals. The final was his ninth game at the clay-court tournament in Madrid, compared with top seed Alcaraz’s six.

Struff beat Alcaraz on clay at the French Open in 2021, while Alcaraz needed five sets to beat Struff at Wimbledon last year.

WOMEN’S DUO

Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia won the women’s doubles title, defeating top American seeds Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-4.

The unseeded winning duo let down two of the top three seeds in Madrid.

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