Carlos Alcaraz will meet Novak Djokovic in the Semi-Finals of the 2023 French Open. The match will be played on Friday June 9th, 2023.
Top seeded Carlos Alcaraz will battle fellow title favorite Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster Semi-Final here at Roland Garros. It really is a shame that this is not the Final, as these two have clearly been the best so far this week. Alcaraz absolutely demolished 2021 Finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 in a lopsided match that could have been even worse. Leading 5-2 in the third set, Alcaraz was broken for the first time and taken to a tiebreak. Moving to 35-3 in 2023, the young Spaniard seems destined to win his second major. The biggest obstacle in his path is the legend Djokovic, who he defeated in their only meeting last year. Alcaraz is the favorite here, but he knows that he is in for a huge battle.
If there is anyone who can stop the surging Carlos Alcaraz, it is Novak Djokovic. The champion here in 2016 and 2021, he is seeking his record 23rd Grand Slam title, and it would be incredibly ironic if he achieves that here, at the scene of Rafael Nadal's dominance. However, he has been playing like a man possessed so far this week, but dropped his first set of the tournament in the Quarter-Finals to Karen Khachanov. He dominated from that point and hit an astonishing 58 winners during the match, compared to only 37 unforced errors. A lot of his game is built on counter-punching and wearing the opponent down, but he will have his work cut out here against Carlos Alcaraz, with his seemingly endless supply of energy.
I am expecting this to go down as a classic, and it will almost certainly be the match of the tournament. Both men are in incredible form, with Alcaraz possibly having the edge here as he has been more dominant. However, Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam experience is unmatched, and he is hell-bent on breaking the record here in Paris. This is a match to avoid from a betting standpoint as it truly is a toss-up, but I have to give the legend the edge here. Carlos Alcaraz is the slight betting favorite so if I had to bet I would lean Djokovic and the good odds, however it can go either way. Bank on a thriller, likely going the distance, with the Serbian's experience giving him the slight edge, moving to one win away from the all-time Grand Slam record.