World No. 11 Carlos Alcaraz has admitted he would like to clash top-seeded Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters. Alcaraz, seeded at No. 8, has a first round bye in Monte Carlo. Djokovic also had a first round bye in Monte Carlo as he and Djokovic could potentially meet in the quarterfinal.
Alcaraz, who is enjoying a stunning start to the year, hasn't yet had a chance to play Djokovic and that's one of the matchups tennis fans are hoping to see in the near future. "It would be amazing to play against him, it would be a great challenge for me," Alcaraz said, per Sasa Ozmo.
Brad Gilbert hopes to see Djokovic versus Alcaraz
Recently, Gilbert said he thought Djokovic would be unstoppable around this this time but then the whole COVID-19 thing happened. "Before any of this with COVID happened, I thought that Novak Djokovic would be unstoppable around this time.
[But now], it's all just a mystery with him," Gilbert said on the latest episode of the Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe podcast. "I just think that when you get so much equity by winning matches - which he had tons of - and all of a sudden you're not playing and all these things that happened with COVID, I think it's been mentally taxing."
Also, Gilbert revealed he would absolutely love to see Djokovic go against Alcaraz. "I wanna see Carlos Alcaraz play [Novak Djokovic]. I think Alcaraz is going to come on court and play him and think, 'Okay, he's not the same.'
I think if someone has to play him in the fourth round of the slam, if you like to bet, put a few on Alcaraz," Gilbert said. "He's right there and I like his chances of winning one of the next four Slams." It remains to be seen if Alcaraz and Djokovic can both reach the Monte Carlo quarterfinal.