French Open Final Preview: Carlos Alcaraz takes on Alexander Zverev

French Open Final

As the sun sets on a thrilling fortnight at Roland Garros, the stage is set for an electrifying climax to the 2024 French Open. In a final that promises to be a showcase of young talent and sheer determination, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz will face Germany’s Alexander Zverev. Alcaraz, fresh off an intense five-set victory over Jannik Sinner, has shown remarkable resilience and skill throughout the tournament. His semi-final clash was a masterclass in endurance and shot-making, with the young Spaniard digging deep to secure his place in the final.

On the other side of the net, Alexander Zverev has also demonstrated his prowess on the clay courts of Paris. Zverev’s journey to the final included a hard-fought four-set win against Casper Ruud, showcasing his powerful baseline game and mental fortitude. As these two formidable competitors prepare to battle for the prestigious title, tennis fans around the world are bracing for a match that promises to be a memorable showdown of youth, strength, and tactical brilliance.


With both players bringing their A-game to the court, the 2024 French Open Final is set to be an unforgettable clash of titans. Will Alcaraz continue his meteoric rise and claim his first Grand Slam title, or will Zverev’s experience and power prove too much for the Spanish sensation? All eyes will be on Court Philippe-Chatrier as these two stars vie for glory in what is sure to be a riveting finale to the French Open.

Road to the French Open Final:

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz’s journey to the 2024 French Open Final has been nothing short of spectacular. It all began in the first round, where he faced the United States’ J.J. Wolf, winning decisively 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. In the second round, he overcame the Netherlands’ De Jong in four sets, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. The third round saw Alcaraz take on American Sebastian Korda, securing a straight-sets victory 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3. His momentum continued in the fourth round with a dominant performance against Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. In the quarter-finals, Alcaraz showcased his prowess by defeating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-4. The semi-final was an intense battle against Italy’s Jannik Sinner, where Alcaraz triumphed in five sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Each match has tested his skill and resilience, forging him into a formidable contender as he prepares to face Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the French Open final.

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev’s path to the 2024 French Open Final has been marked by impressive victories and resilient performances. His campaign began in the first round with a win over legendary French Open King Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3. In the second round, Zverev defeated Belgium’s David Goffin in straight sets, 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-2. The third round saw him face the Netherlands’ Tallon Griekspoor, where he triumphed in four sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3). In the fourth round, Zverev battled past Denmark’s Holger Rune in a five-set thriller, winning 4-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-2. The quarter-finals featured a convincing victory over Australia’s Alex de Minaur, 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4. Finally, Zverev showcased his dominance in the semi-final against Norway’s Casper Ruud, overcoming an initial set loss to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. As Zverev prepares to face Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in the final, his journey reflects a blend of power, endurance, and tactical brilliance.


Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev have developed a fascinating rivalry, having faced each other nine times on the ATP tour, with Zverev leading their head-to-head 5-4. Their match history spans various surfaces and high-stakes tournaments, adding layers of complexity to their encounters.

Their first meeting was in 2021 at the Acapulco Open, where Zverev triumphed 6-3, 6-1 in the Round of 32 on outdoor hard courts. Later that year, Zverev also won their semi-final clash at the Vienna Open on indoor hard courts, 6-3, 6-3.

In 2022, they met three times. Alcaraz claimed victory at the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid final on outdoor clay, 6-3, 6-1. However, Zverev avenged this loss at the French Open quarterfinals, winning a tightly contested match 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(7). They faced off again at the Nitto ATP Finals, with Zverev winning 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4 on indoor hard courts.

In 2023, Alcaraz won their US Open quarterfinal on outdoor hard courts, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, and also defeated Zverev in the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid Round of 16 on outdoor clay, 6-1, 6-2. Zverev, however, won their round-robin match at the Nitto ATP Finals, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4.

In 2024, their rivalry continued with Alcaraz winning their ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells quarterfinal on outdoor hard courts, 6-3, 6-1. Zverev countered with a victory at the Australian Open quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4.

Their upcoming clash in the French Open final will be their tenth meeting, adding another exciting chapter to their growing rivalry. This match will be crucial in determining who holds the upper hand as both players strive for Grand Slam glory on the storied clay courts of Roland Garros.

By Nicky Helfgott / @NickyH3lfgott on Twitter

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