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Roland Garros semi-final, live | Alcaraz takes on Djokovic


Highlights: The number one faces the Serbian for a place in his second major final. Alcaraz arrives at the crossroads after having beaten Tsitsipas in three sets in the quarterfinals and with good feelings. The Serbian has only given up one set so far in the tournament and wants to overcome the Murcia to regain the number one. If it wins it will maintain the status and, otherwise, the entry into the new era that has been accelerating the Murcian will materialize.

The number one faces the Serbian for a place in his second major final

Roland Garros - semifinal - Live

Carlos Alcaraz


Novak Djokovic


Duel of titans in the semifinal of Roland Garros. Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic face off for a place in the French great's final. The Murcian seeks to impose himself on the winner of 22 Grand Slams to claim himself as number one in the ATP ranking. Alcaraz arrives at the crossroads after having beaten Tsitsipas in three sets in the quarterfinals and with good feelings. Nole is not far behind either. The Serbian has only given up one set so far in the tournament and wants to overcome the Murcia to regain the number one.

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Nole starts strong

ALC-DJO (1-0)

Nole serves first.

- Although he scores the first, Carlos responds well, but then, because he is cold or nervous, he makes an unforced error of drive (15-0).

- Good serve that Carlos can not put into play (30-0).

- Played (40-0).

- Another first, Nole corners Carlos and pulls out of the sleeve a parallel backhand, a phenomenal pass (40-15).

But he finishes with another good serve and Alcaraz concedes the first game. Nole, firm.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 15:06

Ready, set...

Players warm up on the court. Ground shots, some volleys and a few serves. This starts now!

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 15:01

Not a glance

Alcaraz, dressed in Nike, is already in the corridor before going out to the track. He is finishing stretching, activating himself and, after that, Alcaraz embraces with all of his team, who head to the stands.

Then Djokovic, dressed as Lacoste, enters the same area, but they do not greet or look at each other. It is a moment of tension and the Serbian begins the psychological battle...

From the loudspeaker they announce them to enter the coliseum ... There is little left!

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 15:00

Alcaraz, tranquility as a recipe

During this morning, in the preparatory session on court 2 of Roland Garros, Alcaraz has attended a second to the media. "As you have seen I have been making jokes and jokes with my team. Laughter. For now I'm calm. When it's time for the game, the nerves will come, but now I'm calm and focused."

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:52


Alcaraz and Djokovic, much more than a match; Much more than a semi-final

Alejandro Ciriza

There is no Rafael Nadal but, in return, for that reason of trying to compensate for the gigantic absence, this different Roland Garros proposes the best possible duel at the moment. The imagined, the desired. The match or, in fact, much more than a match, than a semifinal, which quotes this afternoon in the central (14.45, Eurosport) the two heavyweights of the present: Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic, the immense story of the Serb in front of the incandescent ascension of the Spaniard, who aspires to access his first final in Paris, which would be the second on a big stage; Nole already counts six, who also has plenty of reasons to give himself to today's cause. If it wins it will maintain the status and, otherwise, the entry into the new era that has been accelerating the Murcia will materialize. That is, basically, what is put on the table is everything. No more, no less.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:45


Without networks and in peace, Carlos Alcaraz's recipe

Alejandro Ciriza

Court 2 of the Roland Garros complex does not fit a pin. Under the sun, a novel picture, that of Carlos Alcaraz playing under the suffocating sun that embellishes Paris even more. "The truth is, it's incredible. We have been coming here for many years and it had never been so good weather, "says the father of the number one, also Carlos, a tennis lover who instilled in his four children – Álvaro (22 years old), the tennis player (20), Sergio (12) and Jaime (10) – his passion for the sport that now dominates one of them. Carlitos is "the unapproachable", defined by the newspaper L'Èquipe, the unbeatable, the competitor who brings all his rivals head and who after a few days secluded in the hotel to keep the body ready, has chosen to return to the track, which costs him to leave 20 minutes because he attends to all the requests he can. On both sides, the fans cheer him...

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:37


Alcaraz, in the footsteps of Roger Federer

Toni Nadal

This Friday tennis fans will have the opportunity to contemplate what is probably the best meeting that, at present, this sport can bring us. In the elegantly renovated Philippe Chatrier, and in what resembles an anticipated final, the two best rackets of the moment will face each other: Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.

Although both have reached this penultimate round giving up a single set, the path of the Serbian has been much more expensive than that of Murcia. And even more so if we look at the previous round of quarterfinals that, when it comes to visualizing what paths tomorrow's match can take, is, by proximity, the one that can give us the most reliable information ...

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:30


Ferrero: "We expect the finest Djokovic, but Alcaraz dreams big"

Alejandro Ciriza

The day dawns with novelty. The training program facilitated by Roland Garros reflects the name of Carlos Alcaraz, who the previous days had decided to work exclusively in the hotel to preserve the physique. "But it's just a decision we've made, because we've considered it and we've done well; It's nothing related to injuries or other things. We have been doing it for a long time," says Juan Carlos Ferrero, who before the exciting semifinal that is coming – on Friday, against Novak Djokovic – attends the special envoys to Paris and dissects a pulse that promises strong emotions: the great sensation of the moment, his boy, in front of the totemic champion of the Balkans, with 22 greats and an immense history behind him ...

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:25


Alcaraz melts Tsitsipas and meets Djokovic

Alejandro Ciriza

They have Paris and the fans what they wanted, the duel they dreamed of. Poster and neon lights in the Bois de Boulogne, where everyone rubs their hands before the one that is coming. Here it is, this Friday: Carlos Alcaraz against Novak Djokovic, the spécialité of the house. The best dish possible. It was guessed after the draw the great collision and both have been fulfilling to the letter, firm both and determined to meet. No fear. At stake, yesterday, today and tomorrow. The immensity of the old guard against the overwhelming centennial ecstasy of the number one, who on the way to the next duel marks a monologue, another beating, a recital that buries the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-2, 6-1 and 7-6 (5), after 2h 12m) and guides him to his first semifinal at Roland Garros, the second in a major. And the question is: Is there anyone capable of stopping the whirlwind of El Palmar? Maybe it can be the old Nole, exposed to his 36 springs to a heads or tails that could dictate sentence: tennis writes a new page ...

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:20

Press review

Let's see the five articles that the newspaper has published around this meeting. From the quarters of Carlitos against Tsitsipas to the previous one, even an opinion of Toni Nadal.

Let's get to it.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:15

Parallel trajectories

So far, Alcaraz has beaten Flavio Cobolli, Taro Daniel, Denis Shapovalov, Lorenzo Musetti and Stefanos Tsitsipas during the tournament. Djokovic, meanwhile, has dropped Aleksandar Kovacevic, Marton Fucsovics, Davidovich, Juan Pablo Varillas and Kachanov.

The two players have only conceded one set in the entire tournament.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:14

Ferrero is clear about it

Tennis experts point out that this match is an early final, as they are the two best rackets of the moment. Alcaraz, who in the nine Grand Slam participations he has played has always reached the quarters, won the US Open last year. But Djokovic has plenty of experience. Something that does not seem to worry the coach of the Spaniard, Juan Carlos Ferrero: "I am not surprised by his level of play because I have known him for five years and I see him train every day. But what amazes me about him is that he is able to display his best tennis in the most important moments and on the most important stages." Few scenarios better than a semi-final on the Philippe Chatrier...

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:10

Eager to face

In the preview of the semifinal, the two protagonists took the mic. "Since the draw came out, everyone is waiting for that match. Me too. I'm really looking forward to playing that match. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best," Alcaraz said. "He reminds me of a player from his country who plays with the left," Djokovic agreed, referring to Nadal, his biggest rival.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 14:05

Just a precedent

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic have only met once in their professional careers. It was in the Masters 1000 of Madrid of the previous course, on hard surface. The victory went to Carlos -6-7(5), 7-5 and 7-6(5)-. In the final, Alcaraz faced Zverev and took the title. We'll see what happens on the clay of Paris.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 13:59

Djokovic wants to make history

The match, in addition to the number one at stake, has a lot of significance for Nole, as he has 22 greats as well as Rafa Nadal. To get the final triumph, the Serbian would be crowned as the tennis player with more Grand Slam to his credit.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 13:55

Everything ready

In the morning, both players have exercised a little to get sensations, to start the machinery. Carlos Alcaraz has done it on court 2 of Roland Garros, always with four bodyguards protecting him because an Alcarazmania has been unleashed in Paris.

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 13:46


Hello everyone!

A pleasure to be with you to follow the semifinals of Roland Garros. It's not just any duel. Carlos Alcaraz, number one in the world, is measured with Novak Djokovic, aspiring to the scepter in case of winning the laurel in Paris.

Let's go!

ACT.9 JUN 2023 - 13:44

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