Mats Wilander identifies why Carlos Alcaraz may have too much for Novak Djokovic

Alcaraz and Djokovic set to meet in a blockbuster French Open semifinal.

by Dzevad Mesic
Mats Wilander identifies why Carlos Alcaraz may have too much for Novak Djokovic

Mats Wilander acknowledged Novak Djokovic is "a genius physically" but added Carlos Alcaraz's speed might be too much even for the Serb. In the French Open semifinal, No 1 seed Alcaraz will be taking on 22-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic.

"He [Djokovic] is going to be able to find solutions for sure. But physically, I mean Novak is a genius physically, but the speed around the court that Alcaraz has is just maybe a little bit too much for even Novak," Wilander told Eurosport.

Alcaraz has been absolutely impressive at this year's French Open but Djokovic has a history of coming up big in the biggest Grand Slam matches. “Well, I mean, they're going to be behind Novak Djokovic in the beginning, I think.

Because I think everybody has to sense that there's a problem here for Novak Djokovic each. Carlos is playing so well, so I have a feeling that they think that Novak is the one that's going to have to put up a fight to be honest.

And Novak will be able to do that," Wilander added.

Will Alcaraz and Djokovic deliver another thriller?

Alcaraz, 20, and 36-year-old Djokovic will be clashing against each other for the second time when they meet in the French Open semifinal.

Last year, Alcaraz and Djokovic met in the Madrid Masters semifinal. The first meeting between Alcaraz and Djokovic ended up being one of the best matches of the 2022 season as the Spaniard edged out the Serb 6-7 (5) 7-5 7-6 (5).

This time, there is a lot of stake, especially for Djokovic. Alcaraz is aiming to win his second Grand Slam, while Djokovic is aiming to win a record 23rd Grand Slam title and make it past Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam race.

One thing is for sure - all tennis fans expect a great battle between Alcaraz and Djokovic and it remains to be seen who will end on the winning side.

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