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French Open semi-final thriller: Novak Djokovic applauds as Carlos Alcaraz hits the shot of the tournament.

French Open 2023: Carlos Alcaraz lost to Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles semi-finals, but he hit a shot that stunned his opponent.

Despite losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open men’s singles semi-finals 3-6 7-5 1-6 1-6, Carlos Alcaraz played some excellent tennis on Friday at the Philippe Chatrier Court in Roland Garros (Paris). The Spaniard got off to a rough start, dropping the first set 3-6. But Alcaraz fought back in the second set to defeat Djokovic 7-5. The world number one started strong in the third set, but soon got cramping and had to forfeit an entire game owing to treatment. Soon after, the 20-year-old was defeated 1-6, followed by another 1-6 loss in the fourth set.

Alcaraz, the defending US Open winner, displayed some impressive stroke combinations that startled Djokovic. The Serb had to battle hard for every point until the third set, when fitness determined the winner.

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French Open: Djokovic subdues Khachanov in straight sets to secure semifinals spot(Photo credit: ATP Tour)

With the game tied at 1-1, Alcaraz demonstrated his full potential in the second set. In the third game, Alcaraz received a simple forehand return, to which he replied correctly. Djokovic replied, followed by a backhand from Alcaraz, and then the Serbian drew the teenager closer to the net. Djokovic hammered it high above Alcaraz’s reach after receiving from him again. But Alcaraz came back, pivoted, and delivered a brilliant shot to take the point.

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The winner was so stunning that even Djokovic raised his hands to clap, prompting gasps from the audience. Many admirers praised the shot on Twitter in response to the video. It was dubbed the’shot of the tournament’ by one fan. “Carlos Alcaraz hits the shot of the tournament against Novak Djokovic,” a fan wrote. The ability to sprint like this, catch up to Novak’s excellent shot, and hit a game-winning passing shot from this position defied simple physics.”

In the final on Sunday, Djokovic will attempt to become the player with the most Grand Slam titles (23). Djokovic now has 22 titles, matching Rafael Nadal. A victory in the final guarantees him the top spot in the ATP rankings.