Novak Djokovic spoke extraordinarily extremely of Carlos Alcaraz on the French Open and jokingly famous the 20-year-old Spaniard reminds him of Rafael Nadal. On Tuesday, Djokovic recovered from a set all the way down to beat Karen Khachanov 4-6 7-6 (0) 6-2 6-4 within the French Open quarterfinal By beating Khachanov, Djokovic sealed a French Open semifinal assembly towards both Alcaraz or Stefanos Tsitsipas – the Spaniard ended up beating the Greek and organising a Djokovic assembly.
After beating Khachanov, Djokovic was requested about the potential for taking part in Alcaraz. “He carries himself very effectively, good man. Brings a whole lot of depth to the court docket, jogs my memory of somebody from his nation (laughing). We performed solely as soon as, 7-6 within the third for him.
If it involves it, that might be the most important problem, he’s the man to beat,” Djokovic mentioned of Alcaraz, through Sasa Ozmo.
#Djokovic on Alcaraz: He carries himself very effectively, good man. Brings a whole lot of depth to the court docket, jogs my memory of somebody from his nation (laughing).
We performed solely as soon as, 7-6 within the third for him… If it involves it, that might be the most important problem, he’s the man to beat. — Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) June 6, 2023
Djokovic survived the Khachanov take a look at
Khachanov did not face a single break level within the first two units however Djokovic managed to win the second-set tie-break and tie the match to 1 set apiece.
The second-set tie-break proved to be the turning level as Djokovic dominated the remainder of the match to finish a four-set win. After the match, Djokovic admitted that Khachanov was the higher participant firstly of the match and that he was blissful about overcoming a giant problem.
“I believe he was the higher participant for many of the [first] two units. I used to be struggling to seek out my rhythm. I made a whole lot of unforced errors and got here into the match fairly gradual, fairly sluggish. However I performed the right [second-set] tie-break, actually, and from that second I performed a few ranges greater than I did originally.
[There was] a little bit little bit of a scare in direction of the top of the fourth set, however I managed to win eight factors in a row to complete it off. It’s a giant battle. It’s one thing that you simply anticipate within the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.
You’re not going to have your victories handed over to you. You’ve obtained to earn them, so I’m simply glad to beat the massive problem of at the moment,” Djokovic mentioned in his on-court interview.