Novak Djokovic wins record 23rd men’s singles grand slam title

Novak Djokovic created history at Roland Garros on Sunday as he won his record 23rd Grand Slam title with a victory in French Open by defeating Casper Ruud of Norway 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 7-5. With this victory, Novak Djokovic is closer to being termed the greatest player of all time as he snapped the 22 Slams he shared with career-long rival Rafael Nadal.

By achieving this feat, Novak Djokovic becomes the first male player to secure three or more victories in each of the four major tournaments, placing him halfway towards a calendar Grand Slam, a feat that has not been accomplished since Rod Laver in 1969.

In women’s tennis, only Margaret Court and Serena Williams have achieved the impressive tally of 23 Grand Slam titles. Novak Djokovic now sets his sights on Court’s record of 24, with Wimbledon next month serving as the next opportunity for him to pursue this milestone.

Despite his advancing age, there are no indications of Novak Djokovic’s performance waning. As the oldest French Open champion, he has now amassed 11 of his Grand Slam trophies after turning 30, showcasing his enduring dominance in the sport.

Following, Novak Djokovic’s dominance in their previous encounters, Casper Ruud showed greater composure at the beginning of the match.

Casper Ruud took an early 2-0 lead as Novak Djokovic made an error, but Djokovic broke back in the seventh game after a 28-shot rally and Casper Ruud’s missed smash. Novak Djokovic showed frustration, accusing the umpire of rushing the players, but he dominated the tiebreak, winning it without committing any unforced errors.

Despite being 12 years younger, Casper Ruud appeared tired. Novak Djokovic broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set and moved closer to his goal despite Casper Ruud saving two set points. Novak Djokovic faced a warning for slow play but stayed focused. He broke Casper Ruud to love at 6-5, securing his historic victory as Casper Ruud hit a wide shot.

“Many congrats on this amazing achievement @DjokerNole 23 is a number that just a few years back was impossible to think about, and you made it! Enjoy it with your family and team!,” Rafal Nadal tweeted.

(With agency inputs) 


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Updated: 11 Jun 2023, 10:02 PM IST

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