Rafael Nadal spoiled the 18th birthday party for Carlos Alcaraz with Wednesday’s 6-2, 6-1 Madrid Masters third-round schooling.

The five-time tournament champion who has reigned for more than a decade and a half as the ATP king of clay, spent 75 minutes in putting the Spanish teenager dubbed his heir apparent back in his box.

Nadal, who turns 36 on June 6, broke five times as he went about his lethal business on court at the Caja Magica in front of a limited crowd of 1,500 ticketholders.

Alcaraz was greeted by a chorus of “Happy Birthday” as he arrived on the court but once the singing died, so did his upset chances against his longtime tennis idol.

The pair are both coached by former ATP No. 1 countrymen: Carlos Moya for Nadal and Juan Carlos Ferrero for Alcaraz.

Nadal began by sweeping 12 of the last 15 points of the opening set and was equally untroubled in the second on his romp to victory.

Alcaraz got a consolation of a chocolate cake presented on court by organisers post-match; “Don’t eat it all, ” was Nadal’s advice.

Main photo:- Rafa Nadal snuffed out Carlos Alcaraz’ candles on his 18th birthday – by ATPTour.com


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