The 19-year-old Spaniard reached his second Association of Tennis Professionals Masters final in five weeks and claimed his first win over a reigning world number one, overcoming Djokovic in front of a sell-out home crowd at the Caja Magica.
Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz came from behind to beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(5) to reach the Madrid Open final.
Djokovic, who has yet to win a title this season, rallied from a break down to take the opening set in a tie-breaker and the 34-year-old looked dangerous on his serve as he won 2️1 straight points on it in the opener.
But Alcaraz, who turned 19 this week, showed resilience in the second set as he clawed his way back into the contest, saving a break point and holding for 6-5 before breaking Djokovic to force a decider.
The crowd in the Spanish capital got to their feet when Alcaraz completed his comeback, edging out Djokovic in the deciding tiebreak to become the first player to beat Rafa Nadal and Djokovic at the same claycourt event.
“This gives me a lot of confidence to play the final tomorrow,” Alcaraz said on Saturday after the match which lasted three hours and 35 minutes.
“I know that I played a really good game, and for the rest of the season I think I am able to play against the best players in the world and beat them as well, so it gives me a lot of confidence.”
He is the youngest player to beat a world number one in 17 years.
Alcaraz showed his all-round ability throughout in his first meeting with Djokovic, pinning the Serbian back with his huge groundstrokes and using his trademark drop shots.
He struck 51 winners to Djokovic’s 24 as his aggressive style troubled the world number one.
Bidding for his second Masters 1000 title, Alcaraz will play either defending champion Alexander Zverev or fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final.
President acknowledges achievements by Tennis Association
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has highlighted the exceptional talent of the junior tennis team, noting their numerous achievements. He made the remarks at a meeting held at the President’s Office with the members of the Tennis Association of the Maldives (TAM) and the junior tennis team.
Speaking at the meeting, President Solih encouraged the tennis players to continue in their sport and applauded their sportsmanship. He also acknowledged the role of their parents and extended his gratitude for their support.
At the meeting, the members of TAM shared their concerns with the president and briefed him on the actions taken to resolve them immediately. The president said that the administration would take measures to address their concerns.
Djokovic eases into French Open third round with victory over Molcan
The 35-year-old Djokovic cruised through the opening two sets, breaking Molcan’s serve three times without giving the Slovakian a single opportunity on his own delivery.
World number one Novak Djokovic has completed a solid 6-2 6-3 7-6(4) victory over Slovakia’s Alex Molcan in the second round of the French Open to keep his title defence and quest for a record-equalling 21st Grand Slam on track.
With Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title due to his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Spaniard Rafa Nadal broke a three-way tie for the most Grand Slam titles with the Serb and Roger Federer by winning the Melbourne Park major at the start of the year.
Yet a successful rerun of his 2021 Roland Garros campaign, when he beat 13-time French Open winner Nadal in the semi-finals, will lift Djokovic alongside his great rival.
On a blustery day on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the 35-year-old Djokovic cruised through the opening two sets, breaking Molcan’s serve three times without giving the Slovakian a single opportunity on his own delivery.
The 24-year-old Molcan, trained by Djokovic’s former long-time coach Marian Vajda, was ranked 255th when he went down in straight sets to Djokovic in their only previous meeting in Belgrade last May but since then the left-hander has climbed to a career-high ranking of 38th.
“Difficult match with a lot of winds”
With nothing to lose, Molcan opened up his shoulders in the third set and with some aggressive all-court hitting managed to cancel out Djokovic’s early advantage to force a tiebreak.
But Djokovic then managed to go up a gear and converted his second matchpoint when the left-hander found the net with a return.
“It was a difficult match with a lot of winds, changing direction,” he said on court. “You have to be fully focused.
“I have a lot of respect for Alex. He’s got a game that’s made for this surface. I hope it’s the last time I play against Marian Vajda as coach of my opponent.”
The top seed will next meet Slovenia’s former world number 43 Aljaz Bedene for a place in the fourth round.
Premier League approves Chelsea takeover by Boehly group
The deal is yet to be signed off by the British government before it can be completed.
The Premier League board has announced it had approved Todd Boehly’s proposed takeover of Chelsea from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich who was sanctioned by the British government.
A Premier League statement said on Tuesday: “The Premier League Board has today approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea Football Club by the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Consortium.”
“The purchase remains subject to the British Government issuing the required sale licence and the satisfactory completion of the final stages of the transaction.”
A consortium led by Boehly, a co-owner of baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers, had already agreed a $5.3 billion deal to buy the Premier League club from owner Abramovich on May 7.
Russian billionaire Abramovich put Chelsea on the market in early March, just before he was sanctioned by the British government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the government were working with the club over the deal.
“We are working closely with Chelsea to progress the sale,” the spokesman said.
“We are holding intense discussions with the relevant international partners to get the necessary approvals and we will set out further details as soon as we can.”
The deal has dragged out as the British government makes sure that Abramovich, who was sanctioned over his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, does not profit from the enforced sale of the club.
Chelsea has been operating under a government license since Abramovich’s assets were frozen in March and it expires on May 31.
Source: TRT World
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