Ferrero: Alcaraz ready for Djokovic showdown
On Wednesday in Paris, Juan Carlos Ferrero, coach of Carlos Alcaraz, helped pique our interest in Friday's heavily-anticipated clash with 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.
It turns out that both he and his charge have been looking forward to facing the Serbian legend from the day the draw came out, just like the rest of us.
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"I think both players are maybe the best in the world right now," he said of the pair's impending semi-final, which will be their second career meeting, after Alcaraz beat the Serb in Madrid last year.
"Novak has the experience to play these kind of matches more than Carlos, of course, but at the same time Carlos really wants to play that match. He was really looking forward to that match since the beginning."
Self-belief certainly won't be an issue for the surging Spaniard, despite the obvious gulf in experience.
"Carlos believes a lot in himself, and he believes that he can beat Novak," said Ferrero, who won Roland-Garros 20 years ago. "Then we'll see. I think they both have an amazing level."