June 6, 2023
Carlos Alcaraz crushed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros, leaving the crowd stunned by his brilliance.
With a combination of fizzing power and killer drop shots, Alcaraz left the Greek in a state of complete disarray for most of the contest.
And the 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) score-line was a fair reflection of the 20-year-old’s superiority, even if he did take his eye off the ball at 5-2 up in the third.
Surely only one player in the world stands a chance of stopping the Spaniard now.
That man is of course the great Novak Djokovic, who came back from a set down to defeat Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-4.
And fortunately the dream semi-final is on. Some may even call it the real final.
Carlos Alcaraz against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2023 on Centre Court. That would be a magnificent occasion too!
From the moment Khachanov squandered an open court to gift the ball to Djokovic on the second point of the key breaker, Novak must have known he was almost through to the big showdown in Paris.
But if Alcaraz and Djokovic play as they both did in their respective quarter-finals, it will be Carlos who prevails at the French Open.
True, Djokovic is a much better mover than Tsitsipas – and he will reach more of those lethal Alcaraz drop shots. Novak’s backhand is also far more reliable.
But even the Serb legend will struggle to tame this young lion’s relentless march towards the title.
Only if Alcaraz lets the occasion get to him, and fears the sheer stature of Djokovic, instead of focusing on his own talent, will he falter.
Carlitos is certainly looking forward to “Le Crunch” against Novak.
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic are going to provide a mouth-watering appetiser to Wimbledon 2023 next month.
Alcaraz promised he won’t be short of confidence on Friday. He said: ‘I believe in myself all the time. That’s the most important thing. And the key is to enjoy.’
Carlos knew the Tsitsipas match should have been over sooner. He admitted: ‘I lost my focus a little bit towards the end of the third set and he started to play better.
‘But I’m really happy to come back and play a great level. It was really tough at the end of the match.’
Of their impending Roland Garros blockbuster against Novak he said: ‘I will try to take the energy and love from the people. This match is the one everyone wants to watch. It’s going to be a really good match to play and to watch.
‘I really wanted to play this match as well. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best and Novak Djokovic is one of the best players in the world. It’s going to be a great level.’
This is such a wonderful summer of tennis already. And we still have the greatest tournament of them all, Wimbledon 2023 to come!