The men's singles of the 2023 French Open refused to break out. World No. 3 and Spanish rising star Alcaraz eliminated Greece's Tsitsipas 0-3; Djokovic defeated Khachanov 1-12 to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open men's singles for the <>th time in his career. Alcaraz will next face Djokovic in the semi-finals, and the outcome of the match will affect the world number one attribution.
The match between Djokovic and Kachanov was not as one-sided as expected. Perhaps it was Djokovic who realized that he would be second again in the world after his victory, which also prevented Djokovic from getting into form quickly in the first set. Deyo said after the match that he had been trying to find his own rhythm. After losing the first set 4-6, he broke through by boosting his serve, winning 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 in three consecutive sets, defeating Khachanov for the eighth time in a row, also winning 3 consecutive Grand Slams, and reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open for the twelfth time.
The other semi-final, also contrary to expectations. Alcaraz faced clay star Tsitsipas and completely dominated the first two sets, muting his opponent 6-2, 6-1. Tsitsipas didn't find some feeling until the third set and struggled to catch up with the scoreline. Unfortunately, he wasted a lot of opportunities on the plate. Alcaraz dragged the match into a tie-break before winning the tie-break 7-5 to advance to the semifinals.
Next, Djokovic will have a direct dialogue with Alcaraz in the men's singles semifinals of the French Open on the 9th. If Alcaraz wins, he will retain the world No. <> title regardless of whether he wins the French Open or not; And if Djokovic wins and climbs to the top of this French Open, he will return to the world number one throne.
Speaking about who could win the Alcaraz and Djokovic match, Tsitsipas said: "I support the young kid. "There is also a lot of talk about this match between Djokovic and Alcaraz, which is a clash between two generations of kings in terms of age. The 36-year-old has won 22 Grand Slam titles so far in his career, and is getting closer to winning his three-lap Grand Slam and 23rd Grand Slam title. Alcaraz, who has just turned 20, is the leader of the new generation of players, he is the youngest world No. <> and year-end No. <> winner in the ATP, winning his first title at the US Open last year, and has already surpassed Djokovic in his age group.
Alcaraz and Djokovic have only met once before, and in last year's Madrid Masters semifinals, both of them hit a tie-break in three sets, and Alcaraz defeated Djokovic in reverse. After 1 year, the two played again, and now Alcaraz is more mature, and it is worth looking forward to what kind of duel the two will play this time.
Text/Reporter Chu Peng