It's here! The two highest-ranked players on the ATP Tour made it to the final at the 2023 Wimbledon. Young Spanish prodigy, Carlos Alcaraz, is the last man that can stop seasoned Serbian veteran, Novak Djokovic, from winning his 24th Grand Slam.
But the 20-year-old won't be focusing on denying his opponent something, as he has plenty to look forward to too. Alcaraz has yet to add to his first Grand Slam triumph, and surprisingly, that place can be the All England Club.
Despite not having much experience on the grass courts, the top seed sliced through the Wimbledon draw without any major complications, beating Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal. The same applies to the 23-time Grand Slam champion who can now win his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.
But there will be more at stake than just the title. Alcaraz has been really vocal about wanting to win titles and break records, and as his career progresses, one record that he may eye would be the number of weeks spent as World No. 1.
Currently, the record holder is his final opponent with 389 weeks, while Alcaraz managed to spend 28 weeks as the highest-ranked player in the ATP Rankings. He leads the rankings also during the event, as he's 80 points ahead of the Serb.
That means only one thing, whoever wins the final will become the World No. 1 on Monday. In Djokovic's case, the lead would be 720 points, while the young Spaniard could get ahead by 880 points. Ahead of the final, many think that experience and less pressure may be in favour of the Serb, but that won't be the case, as he admitted.
"Maybe some people think that it would be a huge relief for me winning Roland Garros, being the only men's tennis player with 23 slams. It's not. I mean, pressure is there. It's still very high. I still feel goose bumps and butterflies and nerves coming into every single match. So I'm going to be coming into Sunday's final like it's my first, to be honest."