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Rio Open 2022: 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest ATP 500 titlist

The seventh-seeded Alcaraz defeated third-seeded Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2 to become the youngest ATP 500 champion since the category was created in 2009

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk Rio de Janeiro Updated on: February 21, 2022 16:10 IST
Spain's Carlos Alcaraz celebrates after defeating Argentina's Diego Schwartzman at the ATP Rio Open
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Spain's Carlos Alcaraz celebrates after defeating Argentina's Diego Schwartzman at the ATP Rio Open 2022 at Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Highlights

  • The Spaniard overwhelmed World No. 14 Schwartzman with his power and fearless play
  • He won 12 of the final 16 games; converted five of his six break points in the match
  • Overall, he won 55 per cent of his return points to put constant pressure on his veteran opponent

The 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday clinched the Rio Open title after defeating Diego Schwartzman. The seventh-seeded Alcaraz defeated third-seeded Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2 to become the youngest ATP 500 champion since the category was created in 2009. It is the second tour-level title of the teen's career following his breakthrough in Umag last year.

"I can't believe it, honestly. It has been a great week for me playing a great level," Alcaraz said in his on-court interview. "First tournament on clay for a long time, so I'm really happy with the performance during the whole week. It's an amazing feeling right now."

After Schwartzman missed a final forehand return one hour and 27 minutes into the final, Alcaraz fell to his knees in celebration. The Spaniard overwhelmed World No. 14 Schwartzman with his power and fearless play, winning 12 of the final 16 games on Quadra Guga Kuerten.

Alcaraz converted five of his six break points in the match. Overall, he won 55 per cent of his return points to put constant pressure on his veteran opponent.

(Reported by ANI)

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