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Novak Djokovic Defeats Carlos Alcaraz to Advance to French Open Final

This victory places Djokovic in contention for his record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam appearance

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FRANCE: Novak Djokovic showcased his exceptional knowledge, skill, and athleticism as he defeated Carlos Alcaraz on Friday, securing a spot in the French Open final. This victory places Djokovic in contention for his record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam appearance.

Seeded third, Djokovic delivered a strong performance, triumphing over the top-seeded Alcaraz with set scores of 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, and 6-1. Notably, it was Alcaraz who expressed his dissatisfaction to his coach about the shorter points, failing to wear down his opponent.

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Throughout the match, Alcaraz succumbed to the pressure and intensity of the moment, resulting in his defeat. This semifinal encounter presented the largest age difference in a men’s Grand Slam since 1991, ultimately favoring Djokovic. Despite receiving treatment from a trainer for a forearm issue during the second set, Djokovic valiantly faced Alcaraz.

Due to the strain and physical exertion endured in the scorching 85-degree heat, Alcaraz experienced early physical discomfort in the third set. Despite requiring a break and treatment from a trainer, he had to forfeit the next game and trailed 2-1. From that point forward, the outcome was all but determined.

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On Sunday, both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will vie for their 23rd Slam championship, aiming to surpass each other and secure the most men’s titles. In the other semifinal, the 22nd seed Alexander Zverev was unexpectedly defeated by Ruud with set scores of 6-3, 6-4, and 6-0. Nadal was unable to participate in the French Open this year due to a hip issue. Djokovic is now poised to break the tie with Nadal for the most men’s titles.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were the primary focus of attention during the tournament. Djokovic’s recent dominance includes 10 major championship victories out of the last 19, while Nadal is regarded as the future of the sport.

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Thrilling the fans, Djokovic and Alcaraz put on a spectacular performance for two demanding sets, eliciting enthusiastic cries of “No-le!” and “Car-li-tos.” Djokovic expertly executed groundstrokes, leaving Alcaraz scrambling, while Alcaraz showcased impressive speed and reflexes.

One particular shot by Alcaraz, prompting awe with the question, “How did he do that?” quickly became viral, ensuring its enduring legacy in the sport. The second set was tied at 1-all when Djokovic sent the ball in Alcaraz’s direction, drawing him forward. Alcaraz pursued, running with his back to the net before changing direction, moving off the baseline, and executing a stunning forehand shot that sailed past Djokovic.

In a celebratory gesture, Alcaraz raised his left hand and extended his index finger to symbolize his ranking as the number one player. However, the momentum quickly shifted, and in the third game, Alcaraz missed a forehand return, leading to his abandonment by chair umpire Aurélie Tourte. Djokovic eventually took control of the match.

Ruud, who will be competing in his third major final in five years, now aims to secure his first trophy of this magnitude. After trading early breaks with Zverev, Ruud claimed the opening set. Zverev missed a crucial opportunity to seize the lead in the subsequent set, allowing Ruud to secure another break in the seventh game.

Maintaining control of rallies, Ruud emerged victorious in the final set, extending his lead. Fully aware of Novak’s pursuit of greatness, Ruud is prepared to give his all in the final match against him.

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