One of the images from Friday in Paris was that of Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic greeting each other when they met Philippe Chatrier in the center. The main track of the Bois de Boulogne facilities is where all the favorites want to exercise to adapt to their dimensions.
The three big favorites share the upper part of the Roland Garros table, according to the draw held yesterday, and could be measured in the quarterfinals and in a hypothetical semifinal.
Alcaraz, who practiced for the first time with the world number one during the Mutua Madrid Open, with a result of 6-1 for the Serbian in the set they played, has once again placed himself in front of the best tennis player on the planet. Djokovic would have Nadal in the penultimate round and the youngster from El Palmar could wait for the winner.
It would be the fourth confrontation between Carlitos and Rafa after Nadal’s two victories, in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open (2021) and the Indian Wells semifinals (2022), and Alcaraz’s recent one in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters 1,000.
The Balearic and the Murcian not only coincide these days on the slopes of the Gallic Open but they also share the four walls of a central hotel in the French capital a few meters from the Champs-Elysées.
Alcaraz traveled to Paris on Thursday accompanied by his coach John Charles Ferrerochampion of the 2003 edition, and the physiotherapist Juanjo Moreno. Joining the team this morning is prominent IMG agent, Albert Molina.