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After a remarkable Wimbledon final, it is all set for another clash between the 23-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and the current world number 1, Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard won his first title at the All-England Club, and Djokovic has a chance for payback at the Cincinnati Open final.
It took the Serbian five Cincinnati Open finals losses to eventually win the tournament, and Alcaraz has a chance to do it in his only third appearance.
Djokovic made his debut in Cincinnati in 2005, when Alcaraz was only two years old. Djokovic reached his first final at the tournament in 2008 but it took him a decade later to finally lift the trophy. In 2018, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the final 6-4, 6-4 after losing the previous three finals against the Swiss and two against Andy Murray.
Alcaraz on the other hand, came into this year’s Cincinnati Open with a 2-2 record in the main draw from his previous appearances. He lost in the first round in 2021 to Lorenzo Sonego and last year Cameron Norrie eliminated him in the quarterfinals.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic: Overall Head to Head Record
This will be the fourth match between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, and the Spaniard leads the head to head by 2-1. All three of their previous matches were something special and we expect nothing less in the Cincinnati Open final on Sunday. In the following lines, we will look back at all of the previous three matches between the 2023 Wimbledon finalists.
2023 Wimbledon Final – Alcaraz vs Djokovic 1-6, 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
It was a final match to remember with the best player at the moment taking the torch from one of the greatest ever. Djokovic made a statement early in the match winning the opener in fashionable manner and he even had a three-point lead in the second set tiebreak. Alcaraz somehow managed to come back and tie the score which proved to be the crucial moment of the match. They exchanged the next two sets, and it was all set for the final one. Djokovic was the first to have break points, but Alcaraz was the one to convert.
The Spaniard won his first Wimbledon title after a 4 hours and 43 minutes of play. Alcaraz became the first player to beat Djokovic on at Wimbledon’s Centre Court in a full decade, since Andy Murray did that in the 2013 final.
2023 French Open Semifinal – Djokovic vs. Alcaraz 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Just over a month ago, these two players met in the Roland Garros semifinal. The match had an excellent start as both players exchanged the first two sets but then the crucial moment happened. With the score tied at 1-1 in the third set, and after 2 and a half hours of action, Alcaraz got hurt. It seemed like his leg begun to cramp.
From that point on, Alcaraz was just the shadow of the player we are used to see and Djokovic had no trouble getting the job done. The 20-year-old showed that he is a huge competitor and retiring from the match was not an option for him. He played as much as his body allowed him and deserved the respect from the crowd and his Djokovic.
The Serbian moved on to the final winning a record 23rd Grand Slam title after a straight set win over Casper Ruud.
2022 ATP Madrid Semifinal – Alcaraz vs. Djokovic 6-7, 7-5, 7-6
The first time these two players met was at the 2022 Madrid semifinal. Alcaraz had the support of the home crowd and he gave them a tournament to remember. He managed to come back from a set down and turn things around for an amazing win against Djokovic after 3 hours and 35 minutes of play.
Alcaraz became the first player ever to beat Rafael Nadal and Djokovic in the same clay court tournament. he went on to win the tournament defeating Alexander Zverev in the final, 6-3, 6-1.
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