Alcaraz backs up Nadal win to take down Djokovic
N. Djokovic vs C. Alcaraz | Madrid
Men's Singles | Semifinal | 07.05.2022 | Manolo Santana
N. Djokovic (1)
C. Alcaraz (7)
GAME, SET AND MATCH! - DJOKOVIC 7-6 (5) 5-7 6-7 (5) ALCARAZ
He’s done it! Carlos Alcaraz books a place in the Madrid Open final as he comes from behind to defeat the world No.1 after three hours and 35 pulsating minutes. The 19-year-old backs up his famous win over Rafael Nadal with another over one of the game’s GOATs as he comes through the deciding tie-break by a 7-5 scoreline.
Trouble for Novak. A scorcher of a drive volley and bewitching backhand up the line are the pick of Alcaraz’s points a he leads 4-2 at the change of ends.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 6-6 ALCARAZ
Alcaraz lashes a forehand long and that’ll do Novak. He holds to 15 and this semi final will be decided by a tie break.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 5-6 ALCARAZ
No such drama for Carlos. He blitzes through a love hold and guarantees himself the minimum of a tie break to fight for a place in the final.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 5-5 ALCARAZ
That’s pure Djokovic. Alcaraz nails a beauty of a forehand to end a bruising rally and earn match point. Djoker retorts with his sixth ace of the match and then hangs tough for a few more points before the serve helps him through a very tricky game.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 4-5 ALCARAZ
What a hold! Djokovic looks to be locked in as he surges 0-30 up and has the next point on his racquet. He slaps it into the net and turns away in dismay. Alcaraz seizes upon the reprieve and clouts a wrong-footing forehand up the line as he wrestles the game out of his opponent’s hands to keep his nose in front at a crunch moment.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 4-4 ALCARAZ
Carlos has an opening at 0-30 but can’t make it count. He can’t dig out the backhand pass for a break point and Djokovic again prevails to stay firmly in the hunt.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 3-4 ALCARAZ
After being on the defensive for much of this third set, Djokovic springs forward and almost steals a break – but this time it’s Alcaraz who shows resilience and clutch serving to stay ahead on the board.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 3-3 ALCARAZ
That’s the definition of clutch. It’s also why he’s No.1. Djoker is on the ropes at 15-40 but produces some majestic serving to reel off four points on the spin to square the match once more.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 2-3 ALCARAZ
Alcaraz almost has to win this game twice over as he flitters away a 40-15 lead before a bullet forehand steadies the ship and helps him conjure up a hold from deuce.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is currently having a medical time-out following an awkward slip during a rally.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 2-2 ALCARAZ
Let off! The world No.1 comes under the cosh and saves a break point with a wide ace after Alcaraz had threatened with a sizzling backhand winner up the line. The teenager has two more chances but can’t convert and Djoker somehow wriggles free to level matters.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 1-2 ALCARAZ
The momentum appears to be with the No.7 seed right now. He roars through a dominant love hold to stay in charge early on in the decider. We’ve seen Djokovic fade in some of his matches since returning to action recently – will that happen again here?
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 1-1 ALCARAZ
It’s not the best return game from Alcaraz and he’s disappointed as he gifts Nole some cheap points from 30-30 to allow the top seed to get on the board without too much duress.
DJOKOVIC 7-6 5-7 0-1 ALCARAZ
The kick serve reigns supreme. Alcaraz comes up trumps with it again to kick off Set 3 with the scoreboard advantage after he had shrugged off a missed volley at the net for 30-30 with a wide ace.