Roland Garros: Alcaraz and Djokovic also play the attic of the circuit

Updated Friday, June 9, 2023 –

The Spaniard will continue at the top for another week if he wins the game. The Serbian needs to take the title to recover it.

Alcaraz celebrates the victory against Tsitsipas.EMMANUEL DUNANDAFP
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The only time that Carlos Alcaraz y Novak Djokovic They saw each other’s faces last year in the semifinals of the Madrid Masters. One day after having surpassed Rafael Nadal In the quarterfinals, the Spaniard defeated Nole 6-7 (5), 7-5 and 7-6 (5), to become the youngest player capable of beating both in the same tournament.

The protagonists of the semifinal have only met this year in one box before Roland Garros. It was at the Masters 1000 in Rome, where Djokovic fell in the round of 16 against Lorenzo Musetti and Alcaraz said goodbye in the third round against Fabian Marozsanin one of the only three defeats they have conceded this season, compared to their 35 wins.

The injury that prevented the tennis player from El Palmar from playing the Australian Open, the absences of Absent in the American hard court tournaments due to their refusal to be vaccinated against the covid and the different calendar chosen by both in the rest of the clay tournaments prior to Pars prevented their confluence in other tables.

From the beginning of the tournament, when the draw matched them on the same side of the key and it was known that they could meet in the semifinals, the hypothesis of this cross caught on with the greatest interest among all the fans, as Alcaraz himself highlighted after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas In rooms. Both have always played on the same days. Both have dropped only one set on the way to the penultimate round. Alcaraz lost it against taro daniel112, in the second round, and Djokovic in the quarterfinals, against Karen Khachanov14.

New York, London and Melbourne

The last three champions in Grand Slam tournaments are measured. The Serbian won his sixth Wimbledon in 2022 and at the beginning of this year his tenth Australian Open, he could not play in New York, because he was not vaccinated against covid. There Alcaraz got his only major to date, to also become the youngest tennis player who managed to catch number 1.

That precious label is also put into dispute in today’s game. If Alcaraz wins, he will remain at the top. If he loses, the man from Belgrade will need to take the title to surpass him in the ranking. Both have recently alternated at the top of the ladder. Djokovic regained number 1 with his victory in Melbourne, earlier in the season. Alcaraz rescued him again by winning in Indian Wells, to give him up the following week with his defeat in the Miami semifinals against Jannik Sinner. The Spaniard once again rose to the attic on May 22, after the tournament in Rome.

Djokovic has not lost in a major since he fell to Nadal in the quarterfinals of this same tournament in 2022. He has 19 consecutive victories, those of his titles at Wimbledon and Australia, in addition to the previous five in this edition of the tournament. It will be his twelfth semifinal in Paris, forty-fifth in a tournament of this category. For Alcaraz it is the second, as I remember when talking about the game. The Serbian, champion in 2016 and 2021, is the second player with the most matches won at Roland Garros, 90, only surpassed by Nadal’s 112. Alcaraz has played it three times: he fell in the third round in 2021, against Jan -Lennard Sruffand in the quarterfinals last year, against Alexander Zverev.

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