Carlos Alcaraz Triumphs Over Alex de Minaur in Queen’s Club Championship Final – Tennis News 2023

After clinching his first grass-court title and reclaiming the top ranking, a confident Carlos Alcaraz believes he has a strong chance of winning Wimbledon next month. Despite facing some challenges in the first set, Alcaraz emerged victorious with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Alex De Minaur in the final of the Queen’s Club Championships. This was only Alcaraz’s third tournament on grass, following disappointing performances at Wimbledon in the past.

However, things could be different this year. The young Spaniard’s triumph propelled him above Novak Djokovic in the rankings, establishing him as a serious contender for the Serbian’s Wimbledon crown. Alcaraz had exited the tournament in the fourth round last year, losing to Jannik Sinner.

Following his victory, Alcaraz expressed his confidence in his chances at Wimbledon, stating, “I have a lot of confidence right now coming into Wimbledon. I ended the week playing at a high level, so I consider myself one of the favorites to win.” He acknowledged his need to gain more experience on grass but pointed out that defeating formidable opponents has elevated his belief in his abilities.

De Minaur, who defeated Andy Murray and Holger Rune on his way to the final, remained positive about his performance, stating, “I’m content because I know I gave it my all and played the way I wanted to play. So that’s a big positive for me coming into Wimbledon.”

Alcaraz’s journey to the final at Queen’s Club wasn’t without its challenges. He faced a tough match against French player Arthur Rinderknech, requiring a third-set tiebreaker to secure the win. However, as the week progressed, Alcaraz’s confidence grew on the grass surface.

While Alcaraz sees himself as a contender, he recognizes that removing Djokovic from his Wimbledon reign won’t be easy. “I saw a statistic that Novak has won more matches at Wimbledon than the other top 20 players combined,” Alcaraz acknowledged. “What can I say about that? Novak is the main favorite to win Wimbledon. That’s obvious. But I will try to play at this level and have chances to beat him or reach the final.”

In the final at Queen’s Club, Alcaraz had to save two break points against De Minaur in the eighth game of the first set. He then broke his opponent’s serve in the following game and ultimately clinched the set. In the second set, Alcaraz capitalized on a double fault from De Minaur to win the only break point and secured the title on his first match point when De Minaur sent a return long.

Winning the Queen’s Club Championships was a meaningful achievement for Alcaraz. Expressing his excitement, he stated, “It means a lot to have my name on the trophy. It was special to play here, where so many legends have won. Seeing my name alongside the great champions is amazing.”

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