When you’re being praised both by the “King of Clay” and Spanish royalty it’s clear you’re having a special moment.
On Sunday, 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz won the Miami Open, beating Casper Ruud in the final to become the youngest winner of the tournament in its 37-year history.
After winning his first Masters 1000 title, Alcaraz was congratulated by his country’s most famous tennis player — 21-time grand slam winner Nadal, who earned his “King of Clay” moniker due to his dominance on Roland Garros’ red stuff.
“Many congratulations Carlitos for your historic triumph in Miami,” Nadal wrote on Twitter. “The first of many to come, for sure.”
“I was more nervous [for] that call than the match,” a smiling Alcaraz said after winning the Miami Open.
“It’s pretty amazing that the Spanish king congratulates you on the hard work that you put every day and your win. It’s something that you never thought you were going to receive, a Spanish king call. It’s amazing.”