2024 French Open Day 15: Men’s Final – Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev

by Staff | June 8th, 2024, 5:04 pm

There were some big surprise during the men’s French Open, but the end result isn’t. We are left with the guy who came into the event as the betting favorite, Carlos Alcaraz, against the man who just won the Rome Masters and then defeated the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal. And that is Alexander Zverev.

Alcaraz will bid for his third career Grand Slam title — he’s never lost in a Slam final. He’ll also try to win his third Slam on a third different surface, something no one as young as him at just 21 has ever done and join the list of Spanish greats who have won at the French Open.

It’s the third straight year Alcaraz has made a grand slam final after his 2022 US Open triumph and 2023 five-set title at Wimbledon over Novak Djokovic.

He comes into the final off a 5-set win over rival Jannik Sinner where he didn’t quite look at his very best.

“I have a special feeling to this tournament, because I remember when I finish school I’m running to my home just to put the TV on and watch the matches here,” Alcaraz said.

“I watched a lot of matches. Of course, Rafa Nadal dominating this tournament for, let’s say, 14, 15 years. It’s something unbelievable.

“I wanted to put my name on that list of the Spanish players who won this tournament. Not only Rafa. Ferrero, Moya, Costa, a lot of Spanish players, legends from our sport that won this tournament, I really want to put my name on that list, as well.”

While Alcaraz has been to No. 1 and has two Slam titles, Zverev has more experience on the red clay and has more overall titles, 22 to 13.

But the German is into just his second major final after collapsing to Dominic Thiem in that wild COVID US Open final in 2020.

“Going from the US Open final where I was two points away to being rolled off in a wheelchair here two years ago – it’s all the path of my journey,” Zverev explained. “You either come back stronger and you come back hungrier or you kind of go into yourself. You drop mentally a bit. I’m happy that I was the sort of person that took the first path.”

Zverev, though, has been in better form winning Rome, beating Nadal and then gaining revenge on Casper Ruud — two players who have denied him a final in Paris in the past.

So Zverev comes in riding a 12-match win streak and he leads Alcaraz 5-4. He defeated Alcaraz at the Australian Open and also in the French Open back in 2022.

One sure thing, we’ll have a new French Open champion come Sunday.

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14 Comments for 2024 French Open Day 15: Men’s Final – Carlos Alcaraz v Alexander Zverev

Giles Says:

Vamos Carlos! Bring home the Coupe de Mousquetaires.

skeezer Says:

Had to leave for a bit with Alcarez up a break in the 3rd. Whaaa happened?

All Out Says:

Alcaraz is very inconsistent today. If this goes to 5th it’s anybody’s game. Very strange match this is turning out to be.

skeezer Says:

Ok 5th set here we come…

skeezer Says:

Some of the credit goes to Z, 73% first serve %!!

All Out Says:

Congratulations Carlos Alcaraz. He was the better player in the last 2 sets, the braver player. It was certainly not a bad play by Zverev but I feel he needs to be a lot more aggressive in some of the important points if he wants to win grand slams. He’s certainly capable. Hope he wins more than 1 slam in the future.

Okiegal Says:

Way to go Carlito!! Another Spanish athlete to cheer on!!

All Out Says:

3 slams at 21 years of age.. The last 2 sets he was just zoning in when he really needed to. Congratulations Carlos!! Hopefully you’ll fill the void that your countryman has left on the tournament very well. Very sad for Zverev. He played wonderfully well for most part. Just needs a little bit more conviction and belief in his offence when he has to close out championships. Hopefully he’ll win a few of them before he retires. He’s gifted enough to win a few slams and now he seems to have a little bit more maturity than before.

Giles Says:

Well done Carlos! AND the Coupe de Mousquetaires goes home!

Kimmi Says:

Congratulation Carlos. What a match he played, showing very strong mental strength! I thought he would lose it after Zverev stole the 3rd set.

Already won slams on all surfaces at 21. Exciting time watching him play.


skeezer Says:

Very entertaining match, congrats to Carlos, youth has been served! Z’s game is improved hope he can stay this level. Fun to watch a match with no antics!

Van Persie Says:

Was rooting for Sascha and really wish him to win one GS at least during his career.
I hope he takes the best out of this tournament, as he did progress a lot after his injury in 2022.

Congrats to Alcaraz!

chrisford1 Says:

Settling the case with his latest ‘abused’ super model that was doing some gold digging may get Sasha off the “distractions from getting better” plateau he was on.
Stay away from Stupor Models that see you as a source of coke money, Sasha and try the abuse angle to get that gold on break-up.

Find a normal, fun, attractive German gal that doesn’t come from a natural habitat of night clubs and cavorting with Oligarchs. Or Russian one, given Zverev’s ethnicity – just no Russian stupor models.

chrisford1 Says:

Strong showing by the Italians. Mens and Ladies doubles finals, ladies final, and an Italian man making #1 tennis player and doing great in all his matches in 2024.

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