World No. 1 tennis player Carlos Alcaraz from Spain has a very tough route in prospect to secure his maiden French Open title. He has been placed in the same half of the draw at Roland Garros as the 22-time Grand Slam singles champion Novak Djokovic from Serbia, which means that they will not be going head-to-head against each other in the final of the tournament.
In case the 20-year-old Alcaraz meets the 36-year-old Djokovic in the semi-final of the French Open, it will be the first match between them since their only professional tennis match at Madrid Open last year, where the Spaniard beat the Serb in three grueling sets with the scoreline reading 6-7, 7-5, 7-6.
As mentioned earlier, the one-time Grand Slam singles champion Carlos Alcaraz has to go through a set of big opponents before he could take on Novak Djokovic in the semi-final at this year’s French Open. In the last-16 round, he might face Lorenzo Musetti from Italy, before going up against the 2021 Roland Garros runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece in the quarter-final.
Meanwhile, the former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic can set up a marquee clash with Carlos Alcaraz in Paris after going past Andrey Rublev of Russia in the quarterfinal.
On the other half of the men’s singles draw in the French Open, the World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia is expected to run into Casper Ruud of Norway or Holger Rune of Denmark on his way to the final.
Furthermore, with Rafael Nadal, the 14-time French Open champion getting ruled out of the tournament due to his long-standing hip injury, the title is anyone for the taking. Novak Djokovic, who has won at Roland Garros twice, in 2016 and 2021, will fancy his chances of adding one more French Open title to his tally.