“Incredible” Djokovic wins 23rd Grand Slam.Djokovic thinks it’s no surprise that his 23rd Grand Slam win came here because it was his hardest.Novak Djokovic won his third French Open title on Sunday, cementing his claim to be the greatest player of all time.After an early stumble, the 36-year-old Serb defeated Casper Ruud of Norway 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 7-5 to break his 22-Slam tie with Rafael Nadal.”Winning 23 is amazing. Djokovic stated, “I’m beyond grateful and blessed to be standing here with so many incredible achievements,” while Nadal called his rival’s win “an incredible achievement”.
third Paris win
Djokovic’s third Paris win following 2016 and 2021 adds to his 10 Australian Open, seven Wimbledon, and three US Open crowns.My 23rd Grand Slam victory came here because it was the hardest to win. “I am very emotional and very proud,” said Djokovic, who defeated Ruud with 11 aces and 52 wins.Djokovic is halfway to the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.”Your skill and unwavering mental fortitude on all surfaces is astonishing,” tweeted Laver.Only Margaret Court and Serena Williams have won 23 Grand Slams. At Wimbledon next month, Djokovic will aim for Court’s 24.Djokovic seems unfazed. The oldest French Open champion, 11 of his Slam titles have come after 30.
.Congratulations on remarkable achievement
He will return to number one on Monday for his 388th week.Congratulations on your remarkable achievement. You reached 23, which was unthinkable a few years ago! “Enjoy it with your family and team!” tweeted 14-time Roland Garros winner Nadal, who missed this year’s competition due to injuries.”Novak, another day, another record,” Ruud said. Another day you rewrite tennis history.”Sunday’s occasion drew sports stars.NFL veteran Tom Brady watched from the Djokovic box, while football talents Kylian Mbappe and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sat together in the VIP area, where Mike Tyson, a regular this weekend, also sat.
French Open final
Djokovic, in his seventh French Open final, was 4-0 against Ruud.When Djokovic missed an overhead, the fourth-ranked Norwegian took a 2-0 lead.Ruud had only one service break all afternoon.Djokovic won the seventh game after Ruud, the 2022 runner-up, smashed into the net.After a lung-busting 28-shot rally.In the ninth game, Djokovic fell to the red clay while chasing a Ruud drive, missing a break point.On a steamy afternoon in the French capital, he angrily accused umpire Damien Dumusois of hurrying the players between changeovers.He won the tiebreak with a running forehand.Djokovic’s sixth tiebreak at the French Open had 0 unforced errors in 55 points.
Ruud, who lost the 2022 US Open final against Carlos Alcaraz, looked exhausted despite being 12 years younger than.Djokovic broke for 2-0 in the second set and drew closer to his ambition despite Ruud saving two set opportunities in the eighth game.Ruud saved a break point in the third game of the third set before Djokovic received a warning for waiting too long between points.He didn’t falter.Djokovic won when Ruud missed after three hours and 13 minutes.The champion saluted coach Goran Ivanisevic and wife Jelena in their box.”I know I can be a nightmare,” Djokovic remarked. I appreciate your patience and tolerance. I tortured you, therefore I appreciate you being my rock, my support, and believing in me.”