Djokovic and Alcaraz set to face each other for the Wimbledon title: 2023 Wimbledon Men’s SF Roundup
With four big players fighting for the spot in the final of the Championships, it looked like this was going to be a tough match-up in both fixtures but both semi-finals remained single-sided as Novak Djokovic defeated Italian tennis player Jannik Sinner whereas the Spanish player Alcaraz ended Daniil Medvedev’s campaign with ease.
The surprise entry of Jannik Sinner in the semi-final was a huge boost to Wimbledon but it was never easy for him to go past Djokovic especially when he was playing in his prime. The Serbian, winner of the men’s singles title in Wimbledon 2022, would now look to defend his title and win his eighth title at the All England Court.
On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev, who was returning to the Wimbledon 2023, after missing the last edition, lost his game to the world number one Carlos Alcaraz. Alcaraz has never won a Wimbledon title and he has set up a dream final against the seven-time champion.
It is the Spaniard’s first-ever appearance in the Wimbledon final and he would do anything to make it count. The journey for him was not easy as he won some classic encounters to reach this stage, however, the biggest of all will be against the Serbian on July 16, Sunday.
Let us take a look at the highlights of the Men’s Semi-final matches:
Novak Djokovic vs Jannik Sinner
It was a dream semi-final for the Italian player as he reached his first-ever Wimbledon semi-final after impressing everyone in the tournament. The face-off against the top-notch player Djokovic was not easy for the 21-year old as he made an exit in straight sets.
The world number two won the semi-final by 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 to book his spot in the final for the ninth time in Wimbledon. Djokovic set the tone of the game in the first set itself by winning the first three games in his own style. Sinner, however, won his first game after that but failed to stop the Serbian from winning the set. The Italian played some good forehands and volleys in the end, however, that was not enough for him to win the set.
The second set was much better for Sinner as he was giving it back every time Djokovic was scoring. At one point, the score was 3-4 in favour of the Serbian but the 36-year-old legend showed his actual class to win the set once again.
Now, it is never easy to come back in this situation, however, Sinner showed his promise and took a good lead of 5-4 in the third set. It looked like he would win the set this time but Djokovic had some other plans as he won the next one to make things tough for the young man.
Finally, it went to the tiebreaker where Djokovic had the last laugh. Sinner had some great moments throughout the match but unfortunately, he couldn’t win it for his fans.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Daniil Medvedev
Another exciting game between Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev ended in favour of the world number one by 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. This straight-sets victory would definitely give him confidence in the final of the Wimbledon against Djokovic.
On the other hand, Medvedev, who was also a contender for the title, just couldn’t be at his best during the semi-final. The first between the two was pretty much going in balance but Alcaraz just took it away at a great pace and ended the set 6-3 in favour of himself.
The second set was a similar affair with Medvedev edging towards winning the set but Alcaraz finished it in the end with another splendid performance. The third set was the best of all due to Medvedev’s comeback, which was again not enough for him to win the match.
Alcaraz is now all set to meet Novak Djokovic for the epic final where he would look to grab his first Wimbledon trophy. It is going to be a classic one if he would be able to achieve this feat but Djokovic would go down as the favourites to win the title. The final of the Men’s Wimbledon will take place on Sunday.