Moments After Wimbledon Despair, Novak Djokovic Already Eyes Revenge As He Makes Giant US Open Prophecy Involving Young Blood Carlos Alcaraz

Published 07/17/2023, 7:00 AM EDT

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The historical Wimbledon Championships ended with smashing and creating multiple records in its last match. Carlos Alcaraz pinned down the King of Centre Court in what seemed like a match that went on for eternity. Every moment of the match made it an all-time classic, as the first and second seeds displayed the purest and most skilled form of art ever witnessed. Almost 10 years and 4 repeated champions later, the 20-year-old lifted the trophy and ended the domination of the ‘Big Four’. However, within less than an hour after his defeat, the Serb was hungry to take his revenge and spoke about their anticipated encounter at the US Open.

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Alcaraz is the first to win Wimbledon after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic took their turns for more than 10 years. Djokovic did not lose a match on the Centre Court for more than 10 years, and a young Spaniard ended his reign.

Novak Djokovic awaits patiently to hunt down Carlos Alcaraz in New York

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In the post-match press conference, a New York Times reporter asked the 36-year-old if this was the beginning of a big rivalry. The ‘Djoker’ replied, “(chuckles) I hope so. I mean, for my sake, you know he’s gonna be on the tour for quite some time. I mean, I don’t know how long I will be around, but, yeah, I mean, let’s see, you know…”

Talking about the matches in which they fought, the Serb said, “It’s been only three matches that we played against each other. Three really close matches. Two already this year in, uh, later stages of Grand Slams.” The 22-time Slam champion revealed that he is already contemplating the next Slam final with Alcaraz.

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Djokovic continued, “Yeah, um, I hope we get to play in US Open. Why not? I think it’s good for the sport. 1 & 2 in the world facing each other in 5 hours, a 5-set thriller. Couldn’t be better for our sport in general. So why not?” 

The two champions are favorites for the two previous Slams, and they both share a common statistic of being favorites in a tournament.

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The intriguing tale of the two favorites of two previous Slams

The scenes of this year’s French Open between Djokovic and Alcaraz have reversed in the most prestigious Slam. Alcaraz was the favorite to win at Roland Garros, but Djokovic won. The Serb was the favorite to win Wimbledon, but Alcaraz claimed his first-ever title at SW19, becoming the youngest player in the men’s circuit after 37 years since Boris Becker claimed his 2nd All-White Slam title in 1986.

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The five-set, five-hour cloak-and-dagger match reminded the world of the Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Djokovic in 2019. Despite some parts of the enthusiastic crowd cheering ‘Novak’ and ‘Nole,’ Djokovic couldn’t equal the record of Margaret Court. But he is stubborn now more than ever to claim the next Slam of the year.

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With Carlos Alcaraz winning the Wimbledon trophy and also 2022’s US Open, he is more likely to be this year’s US Open favorite. Will Djokovic get his revenge, or will the young Spaniard continue his winning streak? Let us know your thoughts.

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Krishna Priya

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Vadlamani Krishna Priya is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. Pursuing her passion for storytelling, she has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Helped by her cousin who introduced her to the rules and regulations of the game during her childhood, Roger Federer matches became Priya's gateway to the world of tennis.
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