Carlos Alcaraz edges Novak Djokovic in the Riyadh showdown

Carlos Alcaraz beat Novak Djokovic in three sets in their exhibition duel in Saudi Arabia

by Jovica Ilic
Carlos Alcaraz edges Novak Djokovic in the Riyadh showdown
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The world's best players, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, met at the Riyadh Season Tennis Cup. The Spaniard defeated the Serb 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 52 minutes, scoring a notable victory ahead of the new season. It was a great clash between the leaders of men's tennis, with cracking winners and many entertaining points.

The younger player raised his level after the first set and claimed the second and third to celebrate the win against his most formidable opponent. They traded seven breaks, and Carlos made the difference after making four.

The Spaniard stepped in after the opener, delivering more accurate serves and outplaying the Serb with powerful, tamed strokes. Carlos broke in the encounter's first game and defended break points in the next one for 2-0. Novak pulled the break back in game four, leveling the score at 2-2 and overcoming a 40-0 deficit in the seventh to remain on the positive side.

Carlos Alcaraz toppled Novak Djokovic in the Riyadh exhibition.

Alcaraz served to stay in the set in game ten and got broken at love, handing the opener to Djokovic. The Spaniard produced five comfortable holds in the second set and kept the pressure on the other side.

The Serb got broken at 15 in the first game, experiencing an early setback and earning no chances to fix it. Carlos wasted a break chance in game three, but it could not stop his progress. The young gun served well and barely lost a point in games four, six and eight for 5-3.

Djokovic stayed within one break deficit, but there was no chance for him to prolong the battle, as Alcaraz held at 5-4 to force a decider and gain a boost. Carlos broke in the third set's third game and held after deuce in the next one, building a massive 3-1 advantage.

Novak denied a break point in game five, staying in touch and hoping for a comeback. The sixth game brought the most extended battle, with Alcaraz missing game points before offering Djokovic break chances. Novak seized the third, leveling the score at 3-3 and becoming a real contender again.

The Spaniard made a decisive move in the ninth game, playing well on the return and delivering a break for a 5-4 advantage. Carlos held at love in game ten to move over the top and celebrate a victory in front of the delighted Riyadh crowd.

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