Novak Djokovic (2nd Serbia) and Carlos Alcaraz (1st Spain) will meet in the men’s singles final of this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament (£44.7 million – $74.3 million).
Djokovic booked his place in the final with a 3-0 (6-3 6-4 7-6<7-4>) victory over eighth-ranked Jannik Cinnere (Italy) in two hours and 46 minutes in the men’s singles semi-final on the 12th day of the tournament at the All England Club in London, England, on Thursday (14 September).
In the other quarter-final, Alcaraz defeated Danil Medvedev (3rd-Russia) 3-0 (6-3 6-3 6-3) to set up Djokovic’s final opponent.
The final between Djokovic and Alcaraz will begin at 10pm local time on the 16th.
The match-up between Djokovic and Alcaraz has been eagerly awaited by tennis fans as the ‘new and old tennis emperors’ will battle it out for the major crown.
The 1987-born Djokovic will be looking to win his fifth consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles title and eighth overall, as well as his 24th major singles title.
A fifth consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles title would be the first in 16 years since Roger Federer (retired-Swiss) in 2007, and the only other player to win eight men’s singles titles at the event was Federer in 2017.
His 24 major singles titles will also equal the women’s record set by Margaret Court (retired, Australia) in 1973.
On the men’s side, Djokovic currently holds the record with 23.
Since 1968, when professional players were allowed to compete in majors, Djokovic and Serena Williams (USA, retired) have won the most titles between them.
If Djokovic, 36 years and two months old, wins, he will surpass the record for the oldest men’s singles title at Wimbledon, set by Federer in 2017 (35 years and 10 months).
The previous record for the oldest men’s singles winner at a major was 37 years and 1 month when Ken Rosewall (AUS) won the Australian Open in 1972.
His opponent, Alcaraz, is a rising star born in 2003.
He won the US Open in 2022 and became the first player in history to reach world number one before turning 20.
With Federer retiring and 1986-born Rafael Nadal (No. 136-Spain) nearing the end of his career, Alcaraz is the strongest ‘next big thing’ in the game.
The Spaniard is naturally a clay-court player, but he won the US Open before he turned 20 and reached the final of Wimbledon on grass.
He has won 11 singles titles on the men’s ATP Tour, seven on clay, three on hardcourt and one on grass.
He won his first grass-court title at Queen’s Club last month, raising hopes for this year’s Wimbledon.
If Alcaraz defeats Djokovic to win the title, it would be a symbolic moment that would end the “Big Three” era of men’s tennis, which saw Federer, Nadal and Djokovic dominate for more than two decades, and usher in the “Alcaraz Era”.
When Alcaraz wins the 2022 US Open, it will be less symbolic of the end of the ‘Big Three’ era as his final opponent will be Kasper Lourdes (No. 4-Norway).
Conversely, a Djokovic victory would confirm that the ‘generational change’ of the men’s tennis throne is still some way off, having won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year.
Their head-to-head record is even at 1-1.
Alcaraz won 2-1 (6-7<5-7> 7-5 7-6<7-5>) at last year’s Madrid Masters, while Djokovic beat him 3-1 (6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1) in the last four of this year’s French Open.
Both meetings were on clay, and this is the first time they have met on grass.
“Everyone knows that Djokovic is a ‘legend’ but I believe I can beat him,” Alcaraz said, adding that he had “no time to be afraid, no time to be tired” and was determined to win 메이저놀이터추천.
“Alcaraz is a young player, and he’s very motivated to win a major,” Djokovic countered, “but I’m also very motivated to win, and I want to have an interesting match.”
The winner of the final will be crowned world number one next week.