Djokovic Advances To Roland Garros Final, Pursuing 23rd Major Title

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Novak Djokovic is on the verge of capturing his 23rd major crown after defeating Carlos Alcaraz at Roland Garros.

The Serbian tennis star showcased his dominance in a grueling match against the ailing 20-year-old Spaniard, ultimately prevailing with a score of 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. Djokovic started strong, utilizing his powerful and consistent groundstrokes to claim the first set.

The match became an intense battle between the two players, with Alcaraz impressing with his agility and movement. However, Alcaraz began experiencing cramps in his right calf during the third set, leading to a decline in his performance.

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Djokovic took advantage of the situation and secured a commanding victory in three hours and 23 minutes. Djokovic expressed sympathy for Alcaraz, acknowledging the unfortunate timing of his physical struggles during a Grand Slam event.

The Serbian praised Alcaraz's talent, competitiveness, and sportsmanship, predicting a bright future for the young player. Their clash at Roland Garros marked the first meeting between the two this season, as they have been engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for the top spot in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

With his win, Djokovic will surpass Alcaraz and reclaim the World No. 1 ranking if he triumphs over Casper Ruud or Alexander Zverev in the upcoming final. At 36 years old, Djokovic is the second-oldest finalist in the tournament's history.

Alcaraz, who is 16 years younger than Djokovic, became the youngest man to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros since Djokovic himself accomplished the feat in 2007. Despite his impressive journey, Alcaraz struggled physically to keep up with Djokovic in the semi-final match.

Djokovic acknowledged Alcaraz's fighting spirit and perseverance, praising his opponent for pushing himself until the very end.

Djokovic's dominance in the first set was reflected in his remarkable record at Roland Garros. He has won 80 out of 84 matches when claiming the first set, including a streak of 35 consecutive victories. The last time Djokovic lost a match after winning the first set in Paris was in the 2015 final against Stan Wawrinka.

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Source: ATP Tour

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