Carlos Alcaraz will return to world number one after beating Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win his first title on grass at Queen’s Club. De Minaur, 24, was seeking to become the first Australian winner at Queen’s since Lleyton Hewitt secured his fourth title in 2006. The 20-year-old Spaniard will now overtake Novak Djokovic as world No 1 on Monday and removed doubts that he will be a major contender to take the Serbian machine’s crown at Wimbledon.
Alcaraz was tested constantly throughout with de Minaur’s pace and agility around the court. He had the first break point at 4-3 but the top seed shut that chance down instantly with an ace. Alcaraz demonstrated his ability on the grass with a well-judged drop shot, a deft volley at the net, a thumping forehand winner, and a huge ace as he wrapped up the first set in style. There was a brief concern from The Spaniard when he called for the physio at the end of the set to receive help with a right quad issue. A brief de Minaur comeback was halted as the top seed Alcaraz won six games in a row to capture the second set in dominance.
Alcaraz said post the match; “It helps a lot, to be the top seed at Wimbledon. It’s amazing. I started the tournament not really well, I had to adapt my movement a bit on grass. But it’s been an amazing week and ending with a lot of energy and a high so coming to Wimbledon like this is good. Alcaraz had made it clear before the tournament that he was keeping his expectations low. Instead of heading to Queen’s Club in west London in order to win the title, his primary goal was merely to gain more experience on grass, a surface he has spent so little time on. The Spaniard now wins his first grass-court title after a spectacular display of relentless attacking tennis to win the Queen’s final on his debut.
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