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Carlos Alcaraz defeats Alexander Zverev to claim first French Open title at age 19


On a windy Sunday afternoon at Roland Garros, 19-year old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain captured his first French Open title by defeating Germany's Alexander Zverev in a hard fought five set final. This triumph saw Alcaraz join an illustrious list of players by winning their third major title before turning 21.

From the start, it was evident that neither player was at their best due to nerves and windy conditions. They traded early breaks before Alcaraz gained control with his variety and powerful forehand to take the first set. However, Zverev lifted his level in the second, serving with more precision to level the match.

The third set had more twists, with Alcaraz racing to a 5-2 lead only to collapse down the stretch and lose the set. But the see-saw battle took its toll on Zverev, who fell away badly in the fourth set without managing to hold serve once. This swung momentum fully in Alcaraz's favor heading into the decider.

While errors were frequent on both sides in the final set due to tough circumstances, Alcaraz showed maturity to lift his game at crucial moments. He saved two break points to edge ahead and was rock solid serving out the match for a 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory after over three hours of play.

With this triumph, the young Spaniard has joined Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka as the only active players to win three majors by age 21. Alcaraz showed grit to overcome a shaky performance and seize his opportunity, demonstrating why many view him as the future of men's tennis. He will now set his sights on more grand slam glory in the years ahead.

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