- French Open roundup: Djokovic, Alcaraz join forces in semi-finals
- 2023-06-08 10:09:47.0 Source: Xinhuanet
Authors: Chen Yushan, Xiao Yazhuo
In the men’s singles quarter-finals of the 2023 French Open on the 6th, No. 3 seed Djokovic eliminated Russian player Kacha 4:6, 7:6 (0), 6:2, 6:4 Nove will stage a “peak duel” with Alcaraz in the semi-finals ahead of schedule.
Djokovic, the 22-time Grand Slam champion, was in poor form and made frequent mistakes in the first set. The two sides fell into a stalemate in the second set. In the “tie-break” battle, Djokovic won with 7 points in a row. In the next two sets, the Serbian veteran showed his rich clay court experience, and by creating the opponent’s running to increase his advantage, he finally won the game.
Djokovic said after the game: “Reversing a game, especially in the last stage of a Grand Slam against top players, such a victory has greatly enhanced my confidence.”
In the later night game, the top seed Alcaraz defeated the fifth seed Tsitsipas 6:2, 6:1, 7:6 (5). Alcaraz won all five matches against the Greek player in his career.
Alcaraz showed his versatile scoring ability in the first two sets, and Tsitsipas did not even get a break point.
In the third set, Alcaraz quickly took a 5:2 lead. It was thought that the game would be over, but Tsitsipas persisted. He saved the match point consecutively in his serve game, then broke serve, and then saved the match point again in his own serve game. After winning three games in a row, Tsitsipas tied the game. The two sides then kept their serve, and the third set was dragged into the “tie-break” battle.
Tsitsipas, who was looking forward to a comeback, was not lucky in the end. Alcaraz rallied in the “tie-break” and won 7:5, joining Djokovic in the semi-finals. Following the early exit of No. 2 seed Medvedev, the remaining two highest-ranked men’s singles seeds in this year’s clay court Grand Slam will stage a “peak battle” in advance in the semi-finals.
In women’s singles, No. 2 seed Sabalenka defeated Svitolina 6:4 in the quarterfinals. Sabalenka will compete with Czech player Mukhova for the final ticket.
Defending champion Svyatke’s quarter-finals will be held on the 7th against American player Gauff, whom he defeated in the women’s singles final last year.