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Carlos Alcaraz sets up match with hero Rafael Nadal on his 18th birthday after becoming youngest ever player to win a match at the Madrid Open... beating the record set by his idol Carlos Alcaraz will play his idol Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open on Wednesday The match will take place on the teenager's 18th birthday after first round win Alcaraz became the youngest player to ever win a match at the tournament Spaniard's huge potential has already led to comparisons to a young Nadal 

By Matt Verri For Mailonline

Published: 18:22 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 18:22 BST, 3 May 2021

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Carlos Alcaraz secured the perfect early birthday present after beating Adrian Mannarino in the Madrid Open to set up a second-round match with his idol Rafael Nadal.

The teenager turns 18 on Wednesday and he will spend it on court with a man who won his first Madrid title when Alcaraz was just two years old.

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In beating Mannarino 6-4 6-0, Alcaraz beat a record set by Nadal to become the youngest player to win a match in the tournament's history.

Carlos Alcaraz will play his tennis hero Rafael Nadal in the second-round of the Madrid Open

Carlos Alcaraz will play his tennis hero Rafael Nadal in the second-round of the Madrid Open

The teenager turns 18 on Wednesday and will spend his birthday on court with his countryman

The teenager turns 18 on Wednesday and will spend his birthday on court with his countryman

It was the youngster's first win at an ATP Masters 1000 event - he has a way to go to reach Nadal's 391 victories in those events.

The pair were seen practicing

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