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Novak Djokovic Calls Carlos Alcaraz Win ‘One Of The Finest Matches Of The Yr’ | ATP Tour


Novak Djokovic had little to nitpick about his sport Saturday night after dismissing World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-2 for a spot within the Nitto ATP Finals championship match.

“Probably the greatest matches of the 12 months in these circumstances taking part in in all probability the largest rival I had this 12 months, Carlos. We had some epic matches. Truly, all three matches we performed this 12 months had been marathon matches that went the gap,” Djokovic stated. “I feel everybody anticipated, together with in all probability each of us, that we had been going to have a protracted night time, a giant battle, a protracted match.

“I simply managed to I assume step it up. Once I broke his serve at 4-3 within the first set, performed a extremely flawless match till the top of the match. Performed nice tennis, excessive stage, put a variety of stress on his service video games, made him play. I served very well after I wanted to.”

Djokovic wanted three hours and 49 minutes to defeat the 20-year-old within the Cincinnati closing. However by taking part in what he referred to as “the most effective matches of the 12 months”, the Serbian confronted a lot much less problem on the Pala Alpitour.

“Could not be coming at a greater time for me, contemplating that I perhaps wasn’t taking part in my finest tennis within the first three group phases, matches of the group phases,” Djokovic stated. “However tonight I performed near my very, highest.”

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In response to a query about similarities between Alcaraz and his countryman Rafael Nadal, Djokovic made his stance clear.

“They’re totally different gamers. When it comes to the perhaps nice event and the sensation of the depth on the courtroom that he brings, yeah, there’s some similarity. However he is a totally totally different participant from Rafa,” Djokovic stated. “He is one of the vital full gamers that I [have] ever confronted in my profession. It is fairly spectacular for his age that he is capable of play constantly effectively for now a number of years already, and he is the youngest-ever No. 1 on this planet that we [have] had.

“A superb profession already, and I feel it is fairly apparent that he’ll have a superb profession stuffed with success within the years to come back. He is nonetheless very, very younger. However, yeah, he does deliver the perfect out of me. He makes me put together for the match as finest that I presumably can.”

Djokovic will hope to do the identical on Sunday when he tries to earn revenge towards Jannik Sinner for his loss earlier within the week. The Serbian can break his tie with Roger Federer for many titles in match historical past by profitable his seventh trophy.

“Ended up the 12 months as No. 1 on this planet, reached actually all of the goals that I had, broke many data, made historical past of the game. After all, I am thrilled with the season,” Djokovic stated. “However yet another match to go. Hopefully I can crown the season with one other win.”

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