Why risk surrendering any more trade secrets than already offered in the heat of battle?
So it became a rare treat indeed when Djokovic and Alcaraz traded blows in a practice session together on Chatrier, one last chance to gather any on-court intelligence should they end up crossing paths in the semi-finals.
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The world No.1, who turns 35 on Sunday, admitted he was one to dissect his route to further glory with a fine-toothed comb, not that he would be drawn on any rematch with his teenage Spanish sparring partner.
“I had a look at the draw. I think every player always looks at the entire draw and studies it in a way,” Djokovic said ahead of his first-round clash with Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
“You can only focus on your next challenge and match… It's a very tough top half of the men's draw, but there is something that you can't really affect… I have trained mostly with right-handed players and I'm playing with a lefty, so it is difficult.”