The recently-concluded Madrid Open final between home favorite Carlos Alcaraz and defending champion Alexander Zverev was reportedly watched by over 2.6 million viewers on Spanish public television.
Alcaraz has announced himself as the heir apparent to Rafael Nadal with flying colors this year, becoming the first player to win four titles in 2022. After winning the Rio Open, Miami Masters and Barcelona Open, the Spaniard went the distance again at the recently- concluded Madrid Open.
The World No. 6 became the first-ever player to beat Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same clay tournament, disposing of the duo in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. Impressively, Alcaraz didn’t appear exhausted in the final encounter against Alexander Zverev, despite playing two three-set marathons back-to-back.
The teenager barely needed more than an hour to take care of the German and notched up his second Masters 1000 title with a 6-3, 6-1 decimation job. The Madrid crowd had their local sensation’s back at every step of the way, and as it turns out, it was the same story all over Spain.
According to the latest reports, more than 2.6 million viewers on average watched the final on the 1the premier free-to-air television channel operated by the country’s state-owned public corporation.
Interestingly, more spectators tuned in to watch Carlos Alcaraz lift the trophy, with an estimated 3.0 million fans catching sight of the presentation ceremony. This marks a whopping 25% of all television viewers in Spain at the time, proving without a doubt the ever-increasing popularity of the World No. 6.
Carlos Alcaraz will head into Roland Garros as the third favorite behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
Following the victory against Alexander Zverev, Carlos Alcaraz pulled out of the Rome Masters to give himself time to rest ahead of the all-important Roland Garros. Despite never going past the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam till date, the teenage sensation has already been noted as one of the favorites for the tournament that kicks off on May 16.
Most bookmakers see the World No. 6 as the third favorite for the French Open, behind only Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. A few even put him in second position, edging the World No. 1.
The Spaniard reached the third round last year, becoming the youngest player in Roland Garros’ history to win a match at the event in the process. Alcaraz defeated fellow countryman Zapata Miralles in the first round and then shocked 28th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round before falling to Jan-Lennard Struff. Back then, the teenager had to go through the qualification rounds, but this time he is bound to be seeded sixth.