Djokovic made a stunning Rafael Nadal comparison statement on Alcaraz ahead of the big match.
The World tennis or French Open crowd will be in for a treat on Friday evening as Novak Djokovic takes on world no.1 Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final match on Court Philippe Chatrier, vying for a spot in the final. It was the match that supporters have been waiting for since the draw was announced two weeks ago, and their dominant run to the competition’s last round has fulfilled that dream. Djokovic made a stunning Rafael Nadal comparison statement on Alcaraz ahead of the big match.
Alcaraz, who is only 20 years old, is hoping for his second Grand Slam victory. Alcaraz won his first major in New York last September after defeating Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open. He later missed the Australian Open due to injury, when Djokovic won his 22nd Grand Slam title and 10th in Melbourne, but is now ready to make amends with a second Slam in Paris. His meteoric ascent in global tennis and domination across all surfaces has led to him being largely recognised as the Big Three’s heir.
After defeating Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals, Djokovic was questioned about the influence of Alcaraz on the sport, and despite the fact that the young Spaniard was still due to qualify for the semis, the Serb likened him to Nadal. “Well, he carries himself very well,” Djokovic remarked. Without a doubt, a really kind man on and off the court. Brings a lot of energy on the court. It reminds me of someone from his nation [Rafa Nadal] who plays with his left hand (smile). Without a question, he deserves his achievement. He’s working hard, and he’s already a highly complete player at the age of 20 – 19, 20?
“So we only played once in Madrid last year, 7-6 in the third for him.” We haven’t played since. True, we weren’t in the same draw for the most of the events this year, but here we are. When it comes to that match, it’s the one that a lot of people want to see.
“It’s definitely the biggest challenge for me so far in the tournament.” If you want to be the greatest, you must defeat the best. He’s unquestionably the man to beat here. I’m looking forward to it.
Alcaraz advanced to the Roland Garros semi-finals for the first time on Wednesday, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets. The previous year. He earned a third-round exit in his debut year in 2021 before improving to a quarterfinal appearance in 2022.