However, the two men had often accustomed us to fighting the fiercest battles. But obviously, Novak Djokovic had no time for Carlos Alcaraz this Saturday evening. Solid and effective even in the (rare) complicated moments, the Serbian did not give details against the Spaniard (6-3, 6-2, in 1h30), in the semi-finals of the Masters in Turin. The world number one will seek a seventh title on Sunday against local Jannik Sinner, who defeated Daniil Medvedev (6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1).
However, the winner of the last Wimbledon seemed more energetic than his rival in the first exchanges. Even though he wasted two break points in the first game, the world number two brought all his power to bear, coupled with a particularly lethal serve (10 aces in total), to undermine the outgoing champion.
Despite a notable efficiency on his first balls (82%), Alcaraz was too often clumsy and Djokovic, pragmatic, did not miss the opportunity to break him (3-5). Despite losing the first round, the 20-year-old Spaniard continued to be offensive. Maybe a little too much.
Necessarily borrowed after so much strength thrown into the battle, Alcaraz continued to make a series of errors (21 unforced errors against 6 for Djokovic) and the Serb took advantage of them to steal his second and fourth service game. Visibly resigned, as evidenced by his numerous gestures of annoyance throughout the game, Alcaraz never found the recipe to deprive Djokovic of a ninth final.
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