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Alcaraz, Sinner Set for Blockbuster French Open Semifinal Clash

Posted : 07 June 2024

In a highly anticipated French Open semifinal clash on Friday, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner are set to renew their budding rivalry, potentially dominating the men's tour for years to come. With defending champion Novak Djokovic withdrawing from the tournament due to injury, the winner of this match becomes the front-runner to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires, aiming to become the first new men's singles French Open champion since 2016.


Friday's encounter marks the first men's singles semifinal at Roland Garros featuring two players under the age of 23 since 2008 when Rafael Nadal faced Djokovic on his way to winning his fourth title. Alcaraz, 21, expressed excitement about the match, stating, "When the draw came out, I think everybody wanted Jannik on my side, playing the semifinal. I think it's going to be great for tennis and for the fans." Both Alcaraz and 22-year-old Sinner are tied at 4-4 in their head-to-head record, meeting for the third time in a Grand Slam and the first time at Roland Garros.


Having dropped only one set each in their previous five matches, Alcaraz and Sinner are prepared for a tough battle. Alcaraz acknowledged the challenge posed by Sinner, saying, "You have to run like it is a marathon... Everything he does, he does it perfectly." He expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to find solutions and compete against a top opponent, emphasizing the importance of such battles in tennis.


Meanwhile, Casper Ruud and Alexander Zverev will also face off in the other semifinal, with Ruud having received a walkover from Djokovic, making him fresher compared to Zverev, who seeks to progress beyond the semifinals after three consecutive exits at Roland Garros.


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