Prior to his match in the Wimbledon second round, Carlos Alcaraz issued a warning to Novak Djokovic.Carlos Alcaraz, who is viewed as Novak Djokovic’s biggest threat at Wimbledon 2023, will play Frenchman Alexandre Muller on Friday at Centre Court in the second round.
In the opening round, the Spaniard defeated Jeremy Chardy, triumphing 6-0 6-2 7-5.Djokovic is currently competing at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in an attempt to equal Roger Federer’s record-tying eight victories.
The veteran cruised to a historic 23rd Grand Slam title in Roland Garros, where he defeated Casper Ruud in the French Open final.He set a new men’s singles record and overtook Rafael Nadal’s tally of 22 Grand Slam titles. He also removed Alcaraz from the world no. 1 spot in the rankings. But since then, the Spaniard has returned to pole position after winning at Queen’s.
French Open Semi-Finals
Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic faced each other in the French Open semi-finals, where Djokovic came out on top in a thriller, winning 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1. In the third set, the 20-year-old also experienced cramps, which made it easy for Djokovic to seal the match. After suffering cramps, Alcaraz lost 12 of the next 13 games.The young Spaniard blamed his cramps on the stress and tension experienced due to facing Djokovic in the semi-final of a Grand Slam. “As I said, the main reason that I had cramp in the semifinal was the tension that I had facing Novak in the semifinal of a Grand Slam,” he said.
“I’m sure the experience is really important part on that. I think I learned a lot from that match to the next time I’m going to face Novak. It’s going to be different for me. I’m going to deal the pressure better than I did in the semifinal of French Open”, he further added.
Djokovic has already booked a place in third round in London, where he will face Stan Wawrinka on Friday, at Centre Court. The Serbian defeated Jordan Thompson in the second round and Pedro Cachin in the first.