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Alcaraz claims maiden French Open title after outlasting Zverev

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The world number three has now won three Grand Slams, after his Wimbledon title last year and his US Open triumph in 2022, and he has a perfect record in major finals.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates after winning his men’s singles final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Court Philippe-Chatrier on day fifteen of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Complex in Paris on June 9, 2024. Picture: EMMANUEL DUNAND, AFP

Shrivathsa Sridhar, in PARIS – Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz was made to sweat but clinched his first French Open title by beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 in Sunday’s final.

The world number three has now won three Grand Slams, after his Wimbledon title last year and his US Open triumph in 2022, and he has a perfect record in major finals.

The 21-year-old also became the seventh man and the youngest to capture Grand Slam titles on all three surfaces.

Alcaraz shrugged off an early break and blazed through the first set, which he finished with a big forehand winner, but he allowed Zverev to turn the tide and level the match as his unforced errors crept up.

Having steadied himself, Alcaraz was serving for the third set at 5-3 before another dip allowed Zverev to take the lead in the contest, but the Spaniard raced through the next set despite a thigh issue and raised his game to prevail in the decider.

Reuters

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Paris Editing by Toby Davis

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