Carlos Alcaraz downs Alex de Minaur to turn into king of Queen’s and world No.1


Carlos Alcaraz has roared again to the highest of world tennis whereas changing into the king of Queen’s at Alex de Minaur’s expense.

The younger Spaniard regained his world No.1 spot from Novak Djokovic by lifting the venerable Queen’s Membership Championship with a comparatively trouble-free 6-4 6-4 victory over the plucky Australian in Sunday’s last.

It meant de Minaur missed out in his bid to turn into the primary Aussie since his hero and Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt 17 years in the past to raise one of many oldest and most distinguished prizes in tennis.

After an excellent week’s work, by which he had crushed one of many sport’s different 20-year-old comets Holger Rune within the semi-final, de Minaur lastly met his match within the blistering energy of Alcaraz, who’s swiftly disposing of his tag as grasscourt novice.

Needing a victory to start a fourth spell as world No.1 on Monday and to be put in as the highest seed for Wimbledon, Alcaraz was stretched to the restrict within the first set earlier than ultimately grabbing management on the finish of a primary set by which de Minaur had his probabilities.

However as soon as Alcaraz had snuffed out a few de Minaur break factors – one with a 137mph ace – when he was 4-3 down within the opening stanza, he then went on the offensive himself as his energy started to place the Sydneysider on the again foot and he earned the essential break for a 5-4 lead.

The Spaniard, who had needed to come from match factors all the way down to win their solely different match on clay in Barcelona final yr, made no mistake in serving out for the set with a 125mph ace down the T.

Alcaraz wanted his thigh closely strapped by a physio on the finish of the primary set, and de Minaur confirmed he wasn’t completed as he produced a blinding drop volley winner that spun again over to his facet of the online like a trick shot, incomes a handshake of approval from his younger opponent.

However a calamitous service recreation at 2-2, when he threw in two double faults, spelled the start of the top for the Australian as Alcaraz went on to seal his first grasscourt triumph in a single hour and 39 minutes with no extra alarms.