Semis set: Alcaraz-Djokovic, Ruud-Zverev

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PARIS (AP) Two weeks ago, before the start of play at the French Open, the brackets were set for the tournament, and one possible semifinal matchup immediately demanded attention: No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, the Next Big Thing in men’s tennis, against No. 3 Novak Djokovic, the Current Big Thing in men’s tennis.

The heightened anticipation was not merely because it would be fascinating to see the two of them play at Roland Garros. It also would be fascinating to see them play each other, period: They’ve met only once, and it was 13 months ago, with Alcaraz coming out on top.

So get ready: Alcaraz and Djokovic finally will share the stage again on Friday in Court Philippe Chatrier, where they will compete for a spot in the championship match.


2023 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 C. Alcaraz 6,815
2 D. Medvedev 6,330
3 N. Djokovic 5,955
4 C. Ruud 4,960
5 S. Tsitsipas 4,775
6 H. Rune 4,375
7 A. Rublev 4,270
8 T. Fritz 3,470
9 J. Sinner 3,435
10 F. Auger-Aliassime 3,100
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2023 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 I. Swiatek 8,940
2 A. Sabalenka 7,541
3 J. Pegula 5,205
4 E. Rybakina 5,090
5 C. Garcia 5,025
6 C. Gauff 4,305
7 O. Jabeur 3,541
8 M. Sakkari 3,391
9 D. Kasatkina 3,275
10 P. Kvitova 3,162
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