Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic tops injured Carlos Alcaraz

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Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic tops injured Carlos Alcaraz
Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic tops injured Carlos Alcaraz

Novak Djokovic will play in his 34th Major final at Roland Garros. The Serb ousted injured Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in three hours and 23 minutes. The Spaniard injured his right leg at the beginning of the third set, ruining what could have been a match of the season!

Thus, Novak will play for the record-breaking 23rd Major title against Casper Ruud or Alexander Zverev. Novak made a flawless start, serving well in the opening three service games and producing an early break to build the advantage.

Carlos raised his level in the second part, creating four break points in back-to-back games but failing to convert them. Djokovic held in the encounter's first game with a service winner and moved 2-1 up with a hold at 30.

The Serb grabbed a break in the fourth game following a winner at the net and confirmed it with a fine hold in the next one for 4-1. Novak denied three break points in the seventh game to remain in front and extended the eighth game to create a set point.

Novak Djokovic will fight for his third Roland Garros title on Sunday.

Carlos saved it with a forehand drive-volley winner and earned a break chance at 3-5 with a lob winner. Djokovic saved it with a service winner and fired another for 6-3 after 56 minutes.

The Spaniard found his pace on the return in the second set and turned 43% of the points into two breaks from six chances. They both served well in the opening seven games before Carlos broke for the first time at 4-3 to build the advantage.

Novak broke back in game nine with a backhand down the line winner and denied three set points on his serve in the next one for 5-5. Alcaraz denied a break point in game 11 and grabbed a break at love in the next one for 7-5 and a boost.

The key moment came in the third set's second game, with Carlos starting to feel the pain in his right leg. He received a game penalty for medical help and never looked like the same player. Novak secured six straight games to wrap up the set 6-1 and become a clear favorite in the fourth.

Djokovic opened a 5-0 lead, and Alcaraz avoided a bagel with a hold in game six. The Serb served for the victory at 5-1 and held at 15 to emerge at the top and move closer to his 23rd Major crown.

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