the serbian Novak Djokovic took advantage of the physical disadvantage of the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to beat him 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1 and qualify for the final of Roland Garrosthe second Grand Slam of the year, an instance in which he will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
Djokovic, ranked 3rd in the ATP ranking, will seek his 23rd Grand Slam title this Sunday and his third Roland Garros, on brick dust, against the Norwegian Ruud, world number 4, who swept the world number 4 in his semifinal. German Alexander Zverev (27) 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0.
If Djokovic wins the trophy, he will become the tennis player with the most major men’s titles and will surpass the Spanish Rafael Nadal. In addition, he will recover the No. 1 in the world.
Alcaraz, current leader of the ranking, 20 years old, felt a discomfort in his right calf at the start of the third set of a match that promised and could not return to play comfortably.
“I’m sorry for Carlos. At this level, the last thing you want is cramps or physical problems. I feel sorry for him and I hope he recovers soon. And I told him on the net at the end: he knows how young he is. He has a lot of time ahead of him. his. I know he will win this tournament many times,” said ‘Nole’ Djokovic at the Philippe-Chatrier stadium after advancing to his 34th major tournament final.
Despite the physical problems, the Spaniard never contemplated the possibility of leaving. “It would have eaten my head a lot if I had withdrawn. In a Grand Slam semifinal, it would have hurt much more to have withdrawn,” said Alcaraz.
Djokovic, 36, and Ruud, 24, have met four times on the professional circuit, with all victories for the Serb, most recently at the Nitto ATP Finals in Italy in 2022.
‘Nole’ accumulates 93 professional titles. Ruud has 10 titles in his career, two at the ATP in Buenos Aires (2020 and 2022), and on Sunday he will seek his first Grand Slam trophy. This year he celebrated in Estoril, on clay.
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