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Novak Djokovic One Win Away From Record 23rd Men’s Major Title
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic is just one win away from securing his record-breaking 23rd men’s major title. In the French Open semi-final, he beat Carlos Alcaraz in a match that was marred by cramps for the Spaniard.
The contest had been poised at one set each when Alcaraz pulled up early in the third with an issue. Although he continued twice after receiving treatment, it wasn’t enough to stop Djokovic taking advantage and running away with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory.
Casper Ruud Awaits Djokovic in Final After Beating Alexander Zverev
Norwegian fourth seed Casper Ruud awaits Djokovic in the final of the French Open after beating Alexander Zverev in straight sets – winning comfortably over three sets: 6-3, 6-4, and then finally finishing off with a sensational score sheet of six games-to-zero (aka “bagel”).
A Straightforward Victory For The Norwegian Fourth Seed
Zverev returned to this year’s last four after suffering a serious ankle injury on court during last year’s tournament but was outclassed by Ruud who dominated him throughout most of their clash.
Alcaraz Forced To Retire Due To Cramp Issues; Apology From Two-Time Champion
Djokovic expressed his condolences towards young player Carlos Alcaraz who suffered from cramps during their semi-final encounter which ultimately forced him to retire prematurely. The two-time champion received some boos as he celebrated reaching a record-extending 34th Grand Slam men’s final by pointing to the sky. However, Djokovic applauded Alcaraz off the court along with the crowd showing his respect for his young opponent despite winning their match due to injury.
Djokovic Sends Encouragement To Alcaraz
“First and foremost I have to say tough luck to Carlos,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “At this level, the last thing you want is cramps and physical problems. I feel for him; I hope he can recover and come back pretty soon.”
Fans Want More From The Tennis Stars As They Await Sunday’s Final
The fans were left wanting more after an enthralling start between two of tennis’ elite players was cut short due to injury concerns but they are eagerly anticipating Novak Djokovic taking on Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final at Roland Garros.
Two Men Considered Main Contenders For Coupe Des Mousquetaires Trophy
All fortnight, people had been talking about a prospective meeting between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz – with both players progressing through each round smoothly until finally facing off against one another in this year’s semi-finals. Both men had long been considered the main contenders for lifting the coveted Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy – even before Rafael Nadal withdrew from competing due to a hip injury.
A High-Quality Start Ensured That It Did Not Disappoint
With so much anticipation surrounding the blockbuster semi-final event, everyone expected nothing less than a high-quality battle between two of tennis’ best athletes. Two lengthy opening sets demonstrated why there had been so much hype around this highly anticipated match. Both players showed their explosive power from the baseline, coupled with deft touches around the net and elasticated athleticism.
Novak Djokovic Could Win 23rd Major Title
If Novak Djokovic wins Sunday’s final against Casper Ruud, he will set a record-breaking 23rd men’s major title win. He has already lifted five of the past seven majors he has played while Ruud aims to win his first major title at just his third attempt.