Carlos Alcaraz has won his third title of the 2023 season by retaining the Barcelona Open title with a straight-sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas. The world No 2 Spaniard, who is set to turn 20 in May, defeated his Greek opponent 6-3 6-4 in a battle of the top two seeds.
Alcaraz did not drop a set throughout the tournament, and his victories included a 6-2 6-2 defeat of Dan Evans in the semi-final. He spoke of his joy at being able to lift the trophy in front of his family, friends, and team.
After such an impressive start to the season, Alcaraz is now being touted as the potential favorite for the French Open. This major tennis tournament runs from May 28 to June 11, and both Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are nursing injuries.
Djokovic is dealing with an elbow issue, while Nadal has a hip injury. Alcaraz’s consistent performances on the court have already secured him three titles this year, and he will be looking to continue this success as he competes in the French Open.
Alcaraz’s Barcelona Open victory is a testament to his growing reputation as a top tennis player. Winning a tournament without dropping a set is an impressive feat, and it is even more remarkable when considering the caliber of opponents he faced.
His victories over Tsitsipas and Evans demonstrate that he has the ability to perform at the highest level against some of the best players in the world.