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The rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz is already shaping up into a classic. After his Wimbledon success, Carlos Alcaraz made an emphatic return to the Cincinnati Masters. Unsurprisingly, the Spaniard managed to go all the way to the finals. Meeting him in the finals will be none other than the mighty Novak Djokovic. Ahead of the highly anticipated championship clash, in a recent interview, Novak Djokovic shed light on the ultimate challenge that Alcaraz possesses.

Having faced each other a total of 3 times, fans consider this to be one of the best modern-day rivalries after the ‘Big 3’. With the US Open looming around the corner, fans expect to get a preview of the fight that they could witness in two weeks’ time in Flushing Meadows.

Novak Djokovic details the ultimate challenge ahead of facing Alcaraz

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In a high-stakes showdown, Novak Djokovic is bracing himself for what he considers the ultimate challenge in the Cincinnati Masters finals against the tenacious 20-year-old Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz. Djokovic’s respect for Alcaraz’s current form is evident as he recognizes the young player’s capacity to push him to his limits.

Their recent encounters span various terrains – from the clay courts of Roland Garros to the grass of Wimbledon, and now transitioning to the hard court in Cincinnati. “Well, I mean, I guess it’s the ultimate challenge at the moment for me. We faced each other in the last three events. Roland Garros, clay. Wimbledon, grass. Now hard court. It’s going to be the first encounter on a hard court,” said Djokovic ahead of his clash against Alcaraz.

“It’s a very good test prior to US Open. Obviously different conditions. Here best-of-three, US Open best-of-five. It’s still facing the top, top player of the world now who is in form. It’s the biggest challenge I could get, so I’m looking forward to it. Now it’s the best way to prepare for New York,” he further mentioned.

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Beyond the immediate event, Djokovic sees this match as an ideal litmus test ahead of the US Open. He acknowledged the distinct playing conditions – best-of-three sets in Cincinnati versus the more grueling best-of-five sets at the US Open. Yet, Djokovic’s focus remains on the caliber of the competition he’s facing.

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As Djokovic and Alcaraz gear up for their collision on the court, the anticipation among tennis fans intensifies. Their impending encounter not only promises riveting gameplay but also serves as a potent precursor to the challenges that lie ahead, making it a pivotal chapter in Djokovic’s journey towards further glory.

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With US Open just about to start in a few days, the excitement builds as the fans and players are looking for a triumphant tournament. While Carlos will be defending his title at Flushing Meadows, Novak will try his best to make the most and win his 24th grand slam.

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