Carlos Alcaraz in tears after Novak Djokovic loss as Serb comes through ‘toughest match’

Alcaraz and Djokovic contested another thriller exactly five weeks after the Spaniard won their Wimbledon final in five sets. This time around, it was the Serb who came through after struggling in the intense heat early on in the match. Djokovic looked down and out when he was a set-and-a-break down but managed to force a final set.

He went a break up in the third but the top seed also refused to go down without a fight, saving four championship points across two games and breaking Djokovic as the 36-year-old served for the match. But Alcaraz eventually went out 7-4 in the final set tiebreak and was in tears at his bench as he got changed, crying into his towel.

The two-time Major champion got emotional once more in his runner-up speech as he congratulated Djokovic and thanked his team. “It’s going to be tough for me to talk right now but I’ll try to do my best. First of all, I want to congratulate Novak once again,” he started.

“It’s amazing sharing the court with you, playing you, learning from you. This match was really close but I learned a lot from a champion like you so congratulations to you and your team.” Alcaraz teared up again while paying tribute to his team and his brother.

He continued: “To my team, we are working really really hard to stay in this stage, to play these kinds of matches, these finals. I’m grateful to have a team like you guys, to work with you. I want to say thank you not only in the professional part, but even in the personal part you are a great example for me that I learn from every day so I want to say thank you to all of you.


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