Remember Umag 2021! It could be a trivia question one day after Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz won his first career title in the Croatian resort town crushing Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2 on the red clay.
”It’s amazing. I have a lot of emotions. I’m really, really happy with this victory, this win, my first ATP,” Alcaraz said. “I’m going to enjoy this moment a lot.”
Just 18, Alcaraz has been said to be the next Rafael Nadal in Spain. He becomes the youngest ATP winner since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won Delray Beach in 2008.
He’s also the youngest Spaniard to win a title since 18-year-old Nadal won 2004 Sopot.
Alcaraz, who qualified and made the third round at the French Open, ran through a decent bunch of players in Umag including Lucas Pouille, Filip Krajinovic and Albert Ramos Vinolas.
“I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players,” Alcaraz added. “I think that I grew up a lot in this tournament and I keep a lot of experience from this tournament. It’s going to be useful for the future.”
The 35-year-old Gasquet was appearing in his first final in three years, seeking his first title and 16th overall since 2018 Den Bosch.
“It was tough for me to play full intensity. I had a tough match yesterday. It was tough, and especially with a guy like Carlos, who is playing really fast with a lot of energy and spin,” Gasquet said. “He’s playing unbelievable. He’s only 18 and of course he has a great future and I just couldn’t play at his level and his intensity. That was the key of the match and he didn’t lose a point. He played well, very solid. He’s a great player.”
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