Results from the 2023 French Open: Carlos Alcaraz vs. Novak Djokovic in the semifinals
Carlos Alcaraz, the top seed, defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to get to the French Open semifinals, where he will play Novak Djokovic.
20-year-old Spaniard Alcaraz defeated Greek fifth seed, winning 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7-5) against him.
Djokovic of Serbia overcame a scare from Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals to continue his quest for a record-breaking 23rd men’s Grand Slam singles victory.
The 36-year-old Djokovic nearly lost to the Russian in two sets, but he won 4-6 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 6-4.
The third seed might become the first guy to take home at least three victories in each of the four majors.
But in order to accomplish that, he needs overcome his most difficult test to yet when he plays US Open champion Alcaraz in the round of 16 on Friday.
The number one player in the world, Alcaraz, remarked, “This match is what everyone wants to watch and it will be a good one to play.”
“You must defeat the greatest if you want to be the best. I’m excited to see one of the finest in the world, Djokovic.
Djokovic and Alcaraz have long been regarded as co-favorites to succeed Rafael Nadal, the 14-time winner, and what they have shown thus far in this event strongly suggests that is still the case.
Relive how Alcaraz and Djokovic advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros.
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As the pair finally meet in a big semifinal, the tension is high.
Eyes were focused on the prospective men’s semi-final that many fans had dreamed of seeing from the minute the French Open draw was announced almost a fortnight ago.
Due to injury concerns in the lead-up to Roland Garros, Djokovic was seeded third, and the draw placed him in the same half as the person who has supplanted him as the top player in the world.
Sports are unpredictable, so results do not always turn out as planned, but Alcaraz and Djokovic’s strong play has secured a thrilling semifinal in Paris.
Two of the top players on the men’s tour this year have been Djokovic and Alcaraz, who have combined to win five of the last seven majors that they have competed in.
However, head-to-head matches or even appearances in the largest competitions between the two have been unusual.
Alcaraz defeated an opponent who advanced to the 2021 Roland Garros final in elegant fashion to set up their first match at a major.
The Spaniard advanced quickly through the gears and reached his top level, confusing 24-year-old Tsitsipas after breaking for a 2-1 lead in the first set.
Alcaraz won the first set in 34 minutes by showcasing the entirety of his erratic talent, which included amazing returns off both flanks and exquisite drop shots.
Tsitsipas, who was already feeling dejected and needed support from the Chatrier crowd, dropped his serve in the first game of the following set to love and only managed to win 13 points as Alcaraz went two sets ahead with just over an hour remaining.
The third set appeared to be doing the same. Prior to Tsitsipas’s late rally, Alcaraz broke at the first chance as he jumped out to a 3-0 lead and appeared set to serve out the match.
Tsitsipas secured his first break points of the evening and put the set back on serve at 5-5, but Alcaraz controlled the tie-break and took a sixth match point to advance to his first Roland Garros semi-final after saving two match points to hold for 5-3.
“The first two sets weren’t really that much fun out there. After the game, Tsitsipas stated, “I felt utterly off.
“All I want is for it to never occur again. It’s awful.
Djokovic’s perseverance outlasts Khachanov’s bravery.
On the Paris clay, Djokovic had not lost a set all tournament, but Khachanov gave him the challenge that, in all likelihood, helped him be ready for Alcaraz in the semifinals.
He entered the match having won 29 straight sets in Grand Slams, but Khachanov broke that trend on Court Philippe Chatrier in just under an hour.
Djokovic tightened up his service game for the majority of the match after facing seven break points in the first set and saving six of them.
He dominated the tie-break in the second set, breezed through the third, and displayed his signature mental toughness to clinch the match by winning eight straight games from 4-4 before sealing the victory with an ace.
After spending three hours and 43 minutes on the court, Djokovic stated, “I played the perfect tie-break and from that point onwards I played a couple of levels higher than I did at the beginning.”
“It was a fierce battle; that’s to be expected in the Grand Slam quarterfinals. You won’t get your successes handed to you, so I’m glad I got through it today.