Sunday Mar 26, 2023

The only one who can beat Djokovic? Alkaras first win

Novak Djokovic (35, Serbia) proved that he is still the best in the world by winning the Australian Open. It seems few players can beat him right now. Lifelong rival Rafael Nadal (36, Spain) is expected to miss the tour until the clay court season due to injury. Danil Medvedev (27, Russia), who once ranked first in the world rankings, has recently shown a clear decline. Another Nexen (Next Generation · Next Generation) Alexander Zverev (25, Germany) returned from an ankle ligament rupture injury, but could not recover his old skills. It was confirmed at the Australian Open that Stephanos Tsitsipas (24, Greece) could not compete with Djokovic yet.

Tied with Nadal by winning 22 Grand Slam titles, he also regained the world number one spot. If he stays at the top for just two more weeks, Steffi Graf (retired) will break the record for the longest period in professional tennis (377 weeks). He is gradually accumulating the medals needed to become the best player of all time (GOAT).

If so, will Djokovic’s solo run continue for the time being? cannot be determined This is because the ‘real’ Nexen Carlos Alcaras (20, Spain) has returned.

Alcalas defeated Laszlo Zere (57th, Serbia) 2-1 (6-2 4-6 6-2) in the second round of men’s singles on the second day of the Argentine Open (ATP250) held in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, on the 16th (Korean time). ), announcing the return of the ‘next-generation emperor’. This is the first win of the season for Alkaras, who received the top seed in this tournament and passed the first round with a bye. He faces Dusan Rayovic (90th, Serbia) in the quarterfinals. 메이저놀이터

Alkaras, who became the youngest player to win a major at last year’s U.S. Open (then 19 years old), has been out of the tour in recent months due to a leg injury. He also missed the Australian Open this year, giving up the world No. 1 spot to Djokovic.

Alkaras, who is on the ATP (Men’s Professional Tennis) tour again, will defend his title at the Rio Open following the Argentine Open, and will participate in the Masters 1000 Series held in Indian Wells and Miami after going through the Mexico Open.

On the other hand, Djokovic has not been vaccinated against Corona 19, so there is a high probability that he will not be able to play the two Masters series held in the United States. He is also suffering from a hamstring injury, so he will be absent from the tour for the time being and will focus on rehabilitation.

The first match between Djokovic and Alkaras took place at the Madrid Open in May last year. After a close match in the third set, Alkaras won. Since then, the two have competed in four competitions together. Two of them were Grand Slams. However, the confrontation between the two was no longer possible.

The tournament where the two players are likely to compete together for the first time this year is the Monte Carlo Masters (opening on April 9). If Alkaras does well in the upcoming tournament, it is certain that he will be Djokovic’s strongest opponent by then. I am already looking forward to how Djokovic VS Alkaras’ season 2 will unfold.

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