20 juin 2024

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First coronation in Paris: Carlos Alcaraz wins Roland Garros 2024

CARLOS ALCARAZ

After a battle of 4 hours and 20 minutes, Carlos Alcaraz won his first title at Roland Garros

After a battle of 4 hours and 20 minutes, Carlos Alcaraz won his first title at Roland Garros and signed his third Grand Slam title, one on each surface after the US Open in 2022 and Wimbledon in 2023, he is the youngest to achieve this feat.

This Sunday June 9 marks tennis history. Carlos Alcaraz lifted the Mousquetaires Cup at just 21 years old and won his first title at Roland Garros against Alexander Zverev in five sets (3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 1-6, 2-6).

The stage was set, the spectators were in excitement, and the ocher of the clay court of Roland Garros was preparing to welcome a new champion. For the first time since 2004, the men’s final took place without any member of the Big Three. This final of the 2024 edition pitted the Spanish world number 3, Carlos Alcaraz, against the German Alexander Zverev, world number 4. A look back at a meeting that kept all its promises at Porte d’Auteuil.

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Carlos Alcaraz had established himself as the new phenomenon of world tennis. Already compared to Rafael Nadal, Alcaraz was able to seduce with his technical play, his explosiveness and his tenacity. On the other side of the net, Alexander Zverev, the 27-year-old German, was looking to confirm his status as an elite player after winning the Masters 1000 in Rome and overcoming injuries and difficult times to return to the top of his game. art. Reassured by the decision of his trial for domestic violence, Zverev said at a press conference: “Done. Let’s change the subject. I never want to hear any questions about this again. That goes for everyone,” thus focusing fully on his game.

A look back at a meeting which kept all its promises during the Paris tournament.

The start of the match is marked by palpable tension between the two players. However, it was Alcaraz who took the first set 6-3. He quickly took control of this final, displaying desire and mastery against Zverev who was struggling to find his rhythm.

In the second set, the German considerably raised his level of play, putting more intensity and volume into his shots. This rise in power allowed him to pick up the score by winning the set 6-2, thus equalizing at one set all.

The third round turns out to be the most unpredictable. Alcaraz, initially in the lead with 5 games to 2, saw his lead melt away under the onslaught of a conquering Zverev. The latter managed a comeback to win the set 7-5, thus taking the advantage with two sets to one.
The fourth set was one-sided, with Alcaraz clearly dominating his opponent to sweep him 6-1. He thus equalizes at two sets everywhere, leaving room for a final decisive set to decide between them.

The fifth and final set was won without suspense by a dominant Alcaraz who won this set 6-2 and won this 2024 edition of Roland Garros.

With this victory, Carlos Alcaraz won his first title at Roland Garros, thus confirming the hopes placed in adding this title to his record with the US Open and Wimbledon. Alexander Zverev, despite the defeat, proved that he is still part of the world tennis elite. After his defeat in the final of the US Open in 2020, Zverev suffered further disillusionment by losing to a determined Alcaraz, marking a second major disappointment for the German but he remains motivated for the upcoming events.

With this triumph at Roland Garros, Carlos Alcaraz has established himself as a major force in world tennis, and fans are eagerly awaiting his next performances on the international stage, especially at the next major tournaments.

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