Watch: Carlos Alcaraz stuns Novak Djokovic with a cracking forehand winner

Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic played an exhibition match in Riyadh

by Jovica Ilic
Watch: Carlos Alcaraz stuns Novak Djokovic with a cracking forehand winner
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Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic battled at the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup, competing in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Carlos took down Novak 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after an entertaining duel, entertaining the crowd. There were many great points on both sides, and the Spaniard hit the winner of the day.

Carlos cracked a running forehand down the line winner in the deciding set's fifth game, stunning world no. 1, who dropped his racquet in disbelief. Alcaraz broke Djokovic four times and lost serve three times, raising his level after the opener and overpowering the world's best player with a reliable performance in sets two and three.

Carlos played more aggressive tennis than Novak, taming his strokes nicely and sealing the deal with a double break in the decider. The Spaniard broke the Serb in the encounter's first game. Alcaraz stayed focused in game two, fending off break points and cementing the lead.

Djokovic pulled the break back in game four after a cracking forehand return winner, returning to the positive side and gaining a boost. Carlos held in game six from 0-30 and created three break chances in the next one after Novak's backhand error.

World no. 1 stayed composed and grabbed five straight points, wrapping up the game with a volley winner for 4-3. Alcaraz served to stay in the opener at 4-5, cracking under pressure and losing serve at love after a double fault.

With no room for errors, Carlos served well in the second set, facing no issues in five service games and challenging Novak to keep that pace. Djokovic lost serve in the opening game after Alcaraz's backhand winner, falling behind and earning no chance to make a comeback.

Carlos Alcaraz played an incredible forehand versus Novak Djokovic in Riyadh.

Carlos controlled the pace in his games and landed an ace at 5-4 to force a decider. Djokovic sprayed a forehand error in the third set's third game, falling 2-1 behind and moving closer to the exit door.

Alcaraz reached deuce on the return in game five with two beautiful winners and created a break chance. Novak denied it with a powerful serve and held to remain within one break deficit. Carlos missed game points in the next one and paid the price, offering Novak three break points and netting a volley on the third.

They served well in games seven and eight before Djokovic missed a forehand at 4-4, handing a break to Alcaraz, who served for the victory. The Spaniard earned three match points with a booming backhand winner and seized the first with a backhand down the line winner, celebrating a notable win over his great opponent.

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