Alcaraz not afraid of Djokovic: "I had been looking for this match for a while" Sportnews

Alcaraz not afraid of Djokovic: "I had been looking for this match for a while"

Alcaraz not afraid of Djokovic: "I had been looking for this match for a while"

Carlos Alcaraz faces Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of Roland Garros. The 20-year-old top talent is the favorite, No. 1 in the world ánd has made the most impression in Paris. His opponent is just about the best tennis player of the past 15 years. This would have been the dream final, but the draw decided otherwise. Can Alcaraz beat Djokovic at a Grand Slam?

Both men only faced each other once, in the semifinals of the 2022 ATP Tournament in Madrid. Then Alcaraz won 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5). This is the first time they will meet at a Grand Slam and they can't wait.' 'Ever since last year I've been looking forward to this,' said an ambitious Alcaraz. "I really want to play against Novak one more time. We both act at a great level, and as I said before, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. So I've been looking for this match for a while. I'm going to enjoy it.'

Djokovic will enter the court somewhat trembling despite his wealth of experience. Alcaraz relegated Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world number five, to extras in the quarterfinals. A decisive 3-0 victory was the logical sequel, while Djokovic himself had considerably more trouble with number eleven Karen Khachanov (3-1 win).

The Serb has great admiration for the youngster. After the match against Khachanov, he said the following about Alcaraz: "Alcaraz is doing incredibly well and brings tremendous intensity to the court. Then he started laughing. 'He reminds me of someone from his country.' That someone is undoubtedly Rafael Nadal, who won Roland Garros 14 times. Alcaraz is often compared to him and may become his dream successor. He is the favorite, with a odds of 1.46 to 2.80. At 14:45 today, hopefully a spectacle begins!

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