Djokovic and the cramps were too much for Alcaraz: the Serb will fight in Paris to be the biggest Grand Slam winner

An injury to the Spaniard in the third set was key in the result of the match which ended in favor of the Balkans 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1.

Novak Djokovic reaches Roland Garros final this Friday in a duel that turned out to be more favorable than expected due to an injury to Carlos Alcaraz which allowed the Balkans to close the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1.

In the first set, the Serb managed to strike in the fourth game, break the Spanish serve to close with his serve 6-3 .

In the second, Alcaraz showed that he could compete for the passage to the decisive duel. After an exchange of breaks in the eighth and ninth Games, he rushed Djokovic in the 12th and ended up leveling the match 7-5 .

Of course, the complications for the Hispanic came in the third set. After losing serve in the third game and leading 2-1, he started complaining of pain in his right leg.

From that moment on, everything was for his rival. Alcaraz couldn’t run any balls and ended up calling for medical help after game five. “The problem is not only here, but also here “, underlined the tennis player to the health professional, a conversation captured by the microphones of the official transmission and which showed the extent of the evil.

In the end, the Hispanic athlete lost 6-1 in the third set and retired to the locker room to be treated again by doctors. When we thought he would choose to retire, six minutes later he returned to the track to give his last effort. .

Carlos Alcaraz had to be treated on the pitch for his ailments. Photo: AP.

In this way, and with a clear physical disadvantage and at this stage of mind, Djokovic ended up sealing the set, the match and the pass in the final with a new 6-1. He now has to wait for his rival to come out of the clash between Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev. Thus, the Balkan’s objective will be to bring its record of Grand Slam titles to 23 and, incidentally, to return to number 1 in the ATP rankings. .

After the duel, Djokovic acknowledged Alcaraz’s effort: “I’m really sorry for Alcaraz’s injury and I hope he recovers soon. I’m sure Alcaraz will win this tournament many times “, he said on the track.

“I admit that at the end of the second set I was physically very fair. The last thing you want at this level is cramping. I am very sorry for him. He’s an incredible competitor and a great person. He deserves all the applause. I congratulate you for not giving up until the end “, he added.

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Source: Latercera

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