Djokovic vs. Alcaraz: Spanish Prodigy Seals Victory in Riyadh Exhibition

The 40,000 fans were amazed by Djokovic, who greeted them with the words Eselam Aleikum

by Sededin Dedovic
Djokovic vs. Alcaraz: Spanish Prodigy Seals Victory in Riyadh Exhibition
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In an exciting exhibition match held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz secured an impressive victory over Novak Djokovic with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The showdown between these two prominent players, who are considered among the best in the world, generated a lot of interest even though it was not competitive.

While the Serbian tennis player took the first set, Alcaraz showed his tenacity and skill by winning the next two sets to secure a triumph in this introduction to the series of tournaments in Australia, including the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.

. The soccer stadium where the Al Hilal team plays witnessed a record attendance this year, with 40,000 spectators filling the stands to witness the exciting clash. The winner was determined in the ninth game of the third set, when the Spaniard managed to break Djokovic's serve, took a 5-4 lead, and then won his game without a single point, thus consolidating the victory.

This clash marked the sixth meeting between these two tennis players.

Djokovic wowed the audience

Novak thanked the organizers of the event where the two best tennis players in the world met. He first greeted the 40,000 spectators at the Al Ahli stadium in Arabic with the words Esalam Alaikum, which caused great enthusiasm from the audience, but then promised them in English that he would soon learn to speak the language better.

"The first time I watched Carlos on the Internet was when he was 12 years old and when he was already winning tournaments. It is impressive what he has already achieved. He cherishes great values, modesty, he is a serious worker.

His family, his father... A very good family with great values. It is fantastic to have him in our sport. He will be a leader in tennis during the next 10-15 years," said the Serbian tennis player. Djokovic then said that the next season will be very exciting because Rafael Nadal is also returning to tournaments and we are all looking forward to their match.