Novak Djokovic mentioned that the rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz is just like his rivalry with Rafael Nadal, because the Serbian participant wanted about 4 hours to outpace his 20-year-old opponent, the world primary, within the remaining of the Cincinnati Tennis Championships on Sunday.
And in a repeat of the Wimbledon remaining, Djokovic saved the match level earlier than avenging his loss and excelling 5-7, 7-6, 7-6 in three hours and 49 minutes, which is the longest remaining in a match determined by the most effective in three units within the historical past of the Skilled Gamers Affiliation tournaments.
The Serbian participant in contrast the match to the 2012 Australian Open remaining, when he beat Nadal in 5 hours and 53 minutes. This duo shared a wealthy historical past of rivalry within the final 15 years and the 2 gamers have met 59 instances to this point.
Djokovic (36 years previous) informed reporters: I do not suppose I’ve performed too many comparable matches in my profession. Possibly I can evaluate it to the ultimate towards Nadal on the 2012 Australian Open.
He added: We performed three units in the present day however the match took about 4 hours. You need to say whats up to the participant like this. He performs with nice maturity and handles stress very well for a 20-year-old.
He continued: We should not overlook his younger age, and that is a tremendous factor about him.
That is the fourth confrontation between Djokovic and Alcaraz, and every participant gained on two events. Djokovic prevailed within the semi-finals of the French Open, and the Spaniard avenged himself in an exciting Wimbledon remaining.
The Serbian participant, who surpassed Nadal after beforehand reaching 23 titles within the 4 Grand Slams, mentioned: The sensation that involves me on the courtroom jogs my memory somewhat once I was dealing with Nadal on the peak of our brilliance.
He added: Each level is troublesome. Each level represents a battle. It’s essential to win each level and each shot, whatever the circumstances. It is superb to have this expertise with him on the sector.
The following activity would be the US Open, the place Alcaraz will try to defend the title when the event begins on August 28.
Alcaraz mentioned: It is nice to listen to such issues from Novak, who performed historic matches. It means my workforce and I are doing an incredible job and are heading in the right direction.