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French Open LIVE: Alcaraz faces Sinner in the men’s semi-final

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Carlos Alcaraz battles Jannik Sinner today at the French Open for a place in the final. The Italian will become the world No 1 after Roland Garros and could keep alive dreams of a calendar slam after triumphing at this year’s Australian Open.

Sinner and Alcaraz resume what promises to be an epic rivalry for years to come, with the current score standing at four wins each. The Spaniard, heralded as the heir to Rafael Nadal, is still to break through on the clay in Paris, despite victories at the US Open and Wimbledon.

Later today, Alexander Zverev battles Casper Ruud in the second men’s semi-final, with the Norwegian back on court after being given a walkover due to Novak Djokovic withdrawing through injury.

Follow all the latest updates from men’s semi-final day at Roland Garros below:

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Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner: Arrivals

Alcaraz and Sinner arrived at Roland Garros bright and early for this afternoon’s semi-final. After the rain of the first week, it should be clear and sunny on Philippe-Chatrier. Good conditions for attacking tennis.

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:51

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Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner: Head-to-head

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner have met eight times, with their head-to-head level at four wins each.

2023 – Alcaraz, Indian Wells

2024 – Alcaraz, Indian Wells

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:45

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Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and the perfect timing of an epic rivalry’s next chapter

As the news of Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal from the French Open began to spread around Roland Garros, a clip of Carlos Alcaraz talking about his rival started to resurface on social media. But not that one – the other one. Last November, ahead of the ATP Finals in Turin, Alcaraz was asked if the Italian Jannik Sinner could be a contender at the grand slams in 2024. “I’ve no doubt about it,” Alcaraz replied, before the 21-year-old went a step further. “I think he’s going to reach world No 1 in 2024.”

Alcaraz’s prediction has already proved correct. With Djokovic forced to pull out of the French Open due to a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Sinner was confirmed as the new men’s No 1 following his straight-sets win over Grigor Dimitrov. At 22, Sinner is the first Italian to reach No 1, his new ranking confirming what has been clear to everyone since he won the Australian Open in January, or even before. “Right now he’s the best player in the world,” Alcaraz said.

Given the Spaniard’s powers of prediction, perhaps he could have seen Friday’s match-up on the horizon, too. The French Open has its dream semi-final, the one tennis has been waiting for: Alcaraz vs Sinner, the two best players of their generation, facing each other at a grand slam and best-of-five sets for the first time since their US Open epic in 2022. “It’s the match everybody wants to watch,” said Alcaraz, after thrashing Stefanos Tsitsipas in his quarter-final.

Preview of today’s semi-final

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:25

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Is the French Open on TV? Where to watch

You can watch the French Open live on Discovery+ and Eurosport in the UK. The action will be broadcast on Eurosport’s TV channels, or fans can tune into Discovery+ to stream the tournament, where an Entertainment & Sport pass is available for either £6.99/month or £59.99/year.

Watch every moment of Roland-Garros LIVE and exclusive on discovery+, Eurosport and Eurosport App

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:13

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French Open order of play: Friday 7 June

Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner

Alexander Zverev vs Casper Ruud

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:13

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Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner start time: When is French Open semi-final?

Carlos Alcaraz faces rival Jannik Sinner for a place in the French Open final. in a blockbuster battle of the sport’s young stars.

The pair have not met at a grand slam since their five-set epic at the US Open two years ago, and have both gone on to win major titles.

Alcaraz, 21, has won the US Open and Wimbledon, while Sinner, 22, lifted his first grand slam at the Australian Open this season and will become the new men’s World No 1 on Monday.

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:13

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Good morning

Carlos Alcaraz battles Jannik Sinner today at the French Open for a place in the final. The Italian will become the world No 1 after Roland Garros and could keep alive dreams of a calendar slam after triumphing at this year’s Australian Open.

Sinner and Alcaraz resume what promises to be an epic rivalry for years to come, with the current score standing at four wins each. The Spaniard, heralded as the heir to Rafael Nadal, is still to break through on the clay in Paris, despite victories at the US Open and Wimbledon.

Later today, Alexander Zverev battles Casper Ruud in the second men’s semi-final, with the Norwegian back on court after being given a walkover due to Novak Djokovic withdrawing through injury.

Follow all the latest updates from men’s semi-final day at Roland Garros in today’s blog:

Jamie Braidwood7 June 2024 10:11

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