After Rafael Nadal, Another Spanish Sporting Icon Bows Down to Carlos Alcaraz After Historic Wimbledon Triumph 

Published 07/16/2023, 11:05 PM EDT

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On Sunday, at the iconic Centre Court, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz edged past Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set thriller to win his second grand slam title. Alcaraz dashed Djokovic’s hopes of equaling Roger Federer‘s eight men’s singles Wimbledon title record as he won the clash 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, and 6-4.

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Following the intense finale, tennis legend and clay court king Rafael Nadal took to social media to heap praise on the 20-year-old. Soon after Nadal’s congratulatory post surfaced, another Spanish sporting icon, often hailed as a golf legend, jumped on the bandwagon to hail Alcaraz for his incredible feat!

Golf star joins Rafael Nadal in celebrating fellow Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz’s Wimbledon win

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Rafael Nadal could not play at Wimbledon this year due to his injury. But the 37-year-old couldn’t be happier about the outcome of the coveted event. “Congratulations @carlosalcaraz,” Nadal wrote on social media after Alcaraz’s victory. “You have given us immense joy today and I am sure that our pioneer in Spanish tennis, Manolo Santana, has also been cheering wherever he is.

Carlos Alcaraz is now the third Spanish player since Nadal (2008, 2010) and Manolo Santana (1966) to win a Wimbledon title. Even golfing heavyweight Sergio Garcia, who hails from Borriol in Spain, took to Instagram to acknowledge the gravity of the win.

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Posting a picture of him and his wife, Angela, from the All England Club, Garcia wrote, “Amazing, @carlitosalcarazz!! What a pleasure to be able to watch such an incredible final match. Very well-deserved victory my friend!

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Generally, the golfer would have easily made it into the event but fell victim to the problem that many LIV golfers are facing. As of now, the 43-year-old has dropped to the 239th spot in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). It is because events in the Saudi-backed league aren’t awarded any points.

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The Open kicks off at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on July 20th. The last time the major was held at the landmark venue was in 2014, when Garcia tied for the second spot behind winner Rory McIlroy.

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What was your favorite moment from Wimbledon? Do you think any LIV pro will be able to lift the Open Championship title this year? Tell us in the comments!

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