- Novak Djokovic wins his quarterfinals at the French Open against Karen Khachanov 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 0), 6: 2, 6: 4.
- It is the 12th semi-final qualifier in Roland Garros for the two-time Paris champion.
- In the last four, the Serb meets world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz (ESP).
The reigning Melbourne champion Novak Djokovic (ATP 3) is one step closer to winning the French Open 2023. The Serb, who triumphed in Paris in 2016 and 2021, gave in for the first time in his quarterfinals against the Russian Karen Khachanov (ATP 11). lost a set in this tournament, but prevailed in 4 sets in 3:38 hours.
Chatschanov was a real indicator for Djokovic. In the first set, the 27-year-old from Moscow was the better player with his powerful game. And in the second set, Khachanov was absolutely equal to the 22-time Grand Slam champion. But only until the tiebreak. In this Djokovic played great and won all 7 points. “It was a perfect tie-break from me,” the winner was supposed to say in the field interview. The 36-year-old also won the fourth quick decision in Paris.
2:18 hours to 1st break
A short time later, Djokovic, who repeatedly brought Khachanov under pressure with precise stop balls, finally turned onto the winning road: In the 1st game of the 3rd round, the Serb came to his very first breakball after 2:13 hours (!) Playing time and converted 5 Minutes later his 3rd chance to make it 1-0.
In the following 60 minutes, Djokovic was clearly the better player and headed for an easy success up to 4: 2 in the 4th set. But then the favorite suddenly weakened and had to accept the 4:4 after a double fault. Khachanov was unable to turn the rudder around. The Russian didn’t win a single one of the following 8 points. Djokovic used the match point with his 11th ace.
Showdown mit Alcaraz
In the semi-finals, Djokovic meets the currently strongest possible opponent. World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz made short work of Stefanos Tsitsipas in his quarterfinals and advanced to the last four in impressive fashion. For Djokovic it is the 12th semi-final in Roland Garros and the 45th Grand Slam semi-final in his career.
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