World tennis is at a moment of impasse after the withdrawals of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal. Definitive in the case of the Helvetian and temporary, preceding what will happen in 2024, in the case of the Spanish tennis player, the marches of the two great media idols have left the ATP circuit orphaned of great matches, but also expectant about what can happen almost every week with the two main remaining claims, a veteran and legend like Novak Djokovic and the appearance of a young man who is already number one, Carlos Alcaraz.
Alcaraz and Djokovic have marked tennis news throughout 2023, apart from Nadal’s withdrawal, due to his continuous fight for number one in the ATP ranking, but also due to their direct duels, which, as happened at Wimbledon, have already gone down in history. of tennis. Carlos and Novak, after their clash at Roland Garros and the one mentioned at the All England Club, are summoned to their third, fourth or fifth game of a year in which they can still be measured on several occasions to make a new edition of the battle a reality most awaited by fans.
The first place where number one and number two in the world can meet again is the Cincinnati Masters 1000, a tournament with which Djokovic returns to the United States two years after his ban due to the covid and his non-vaccination, and of which he will also form Alcaraz part, on the opposite side of the painting. Both, with the permission of a Sinner who circulates on Nole’s side, are the big favorites to reach a final that would be the prelude to what can happen three weeks later at the US Open.
And it is that Alcaraz and Djokovic point to each other for the third consecutive Grand Slam. As it happened at Wimbledon and not at Roland Garros, the hypothetical duel would only take place in the final, since both will be, already mathematically, seeded number 1 and number 2 in the draw. Not in vain, they are also the great favorites to reach a final, the US Open 2023 that both know what it is to win, since in 2022, Carlitos added his first Grand Slam title in a place where Nole has won on three occasions (2011, 2015 and 2018).
Alcaraz – Djokovic: appointment in the Davis Cup
The US Open may be the central battle in the remainder of the season as far as the Alcaraz-Djokovic duels are concerned, but we must not avoid the fact that on Monday it was made official that both players will act as leaders of their respective teams in the Finals of Davis Cup 2023.
However, the most likely duel between Carlos and Novak, which only depends on one of the two not being “erased at the last minute” from the dispute, would take place in the previous round, the group stage for which Spain and Serbia They have been framed in the group that is disputed in Valencia, and that would have a date on Friday, September 15. The danger here lies, as we said, in the potential loss of one of the contenders, since the US Open ends just a few days before, on September 10.
The other possible Alcaraz vs Djokovic
After the Davis Cup, Alcaraz and Djokovic have three possible scenarios to face off in some other face-to-face duel to close the year, the Shanghai Masters 1000 (October 4 to 15) and Paris-Bercy (October 30 to November 5) and the ATP Finals that are held in Turin from November 12 to 19, 2023 and that will put the great final title in dispute as the culmination of a year in which it has been created, whatever happens in these months , a new historic rivalry in world tennis.
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