“I was just enjoying the mastery of it but particularly when Carlos was serving for the match and he missed the first drop shot. He comes right back and hits another drop shot and a top spin lob on the next point.

“I went crazy because to go with that touch when you’re that nervous, serving for the match, your heart is pounding, it was just amazing. As Novak said yesterday, he lost to a better player.”

Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, six adrift of the all-time record held by Margaret Court. Djokovic is the most successful men’s player, with 23 titles to his name.

He will next have the chance to equal Court’s record at the US Open later this year. However, Alcaraz will be back to defend his crown after winning in New York at the age of 19 last September.