Alcaraz Claims First Grass Title In Queen’s, Defeats De Minaur, Gets Wimbledon Top Seed
Carlos Alcaraz saved both break points he faced while converting the two he had to down Alex De Minaur 6-4, 6-4 to win his first grass title in Queen’s.
“It means a lot to have my name on this trophy” Alcaraz said on court.
“I’ve watched this tournament since I started playing tennis. It’s been really special for me to play here, so many legends have won here and to see my name on that trophy and surrounded by the great champions is amazing”.
The 20-year-old top seed fended off a break points in the 3-4 game of the first set, and later had to get his leg taped, but otherwise was in control of the Australian who was seeking his second title on the turf.
Alcaraz fired seven aces and grabbed breaks at 4-all in the first and 2-all in the second.
Alcaraz collects his overall 11th career title, 5th of 2023 and with the win he returns to No. 1 and will be the top seed at Wimbledon which begins a week from Monday.
“The chances don’t change so much. I mean, Novak is coming to Wimbledon,” Alcaraz said. “Right now I’m feeling better than the beginning of the week, that’s obvious.
“Of course, recovering the No. 1 before Wimbledon, it gives you extra motivation, it gives you extra confidence coming into Wimbledon. But it doesn’t change too much if I play Wimbledon as the No. 2 or the No. 1.”
Alcaraz now has titles on all three surfaces becoming the 17th active player to do so.
Alcaraz dropped just one set, that was his opener to Arthur Rinderknech who extended the Spaniard to a final set breaker.
“Tennis is my life, tennis is everything,” Alcaraz said. I always dreamed to be in these tournaments so on court I put a smile on my face I enjoy every single second and playing such great events I’m not going to be mad about.
“I try to enjoy every second and make the people enjoy watching tennis. To make people happy.”
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