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Alcaraz won his maiden title on grass, defeating Australia's Alex De Minaur 6-4, 6-4 at the Queen's Club on Sunday. The win also means the 20-year-old will overtake Novak Djokovic as the men's world No. 1 in the ATP rankings. He will play as the top seed at the upcoming grass-court Wimbledon Championships.
Djokovic defeated Alcaraz in the semi-final, sealing a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1. Then the Serbian beat Casper Ruud in the final to win a historic 23rd Grand Slam title in Roland Garros. He set a new men's singles record and overtook Rafael Nadal's haul of 22 Grand Slams. After winning the final, he also toppled Alcaraz to take over the World No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings.
Djokovic, who picked up his men's-record 23rd Grand Slam title at the French Open this month, chose not to play any tuneup tournaments on grass ahead of Wimbledon and slid down one place. The Wimbledon qualifiers have begun on June 26. Djokovic will be aiming to match Roger Federer's record of eight titles at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The victory against De Minaur was also Alcaraz's first title won on grass.
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Alcaraz explained that he is 'one of the favourites to win Wimbledon' but doesn't have any expectations. Pointing out Djokovic's record in Wimbledon against players from top-20 in the ATP rankings, Alcaraz stated that the Serb is the 'main favourite' to win the title.
Djokovic has won four straight Wimbledon tournaments in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. If Alcaraz and Djokovic are seeded No. 1 and 2, they can only meet in the final on July 16. At Roland Garros, Alcaraz was the top seed for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament, while Djokovic was No. 3. They met in the semifinals, where Djokovic prevailed en route to his 23rd Grand Slam.