Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic beats Ruud in French Open finals; wins record 23rd Grand Slam title

A new era has begun. After Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ruled the world of Tennis, it’s Novak Djokovic’s time. The Serbian has just defeated Casper Ruud in the Roland Garros aka French Open finals to win another Grand Slam title. This win makes him top the charts as the player with the most Grand Slam titles, with 23 to his name.

Djokovic finally surpassed his great rivals in the most significant category of all as he defeated Casper Ruud 7-6 (1), 6-3, 7-5 to clinch his 23rd grand slam title, breaking his tie of 22 with Nadal. With the win, Djokovic also now has three titles in Paris and he is the first man to win each grand slam tournament three times. He will also return to No 1 for a record-extending 388th week as the best player in the world.

“Every single player dreams of being on this stage and winning the trophy at least once in their career. I’m beyond fortunate in my life to win 23 times, it’s an incredible feeling,” Djokovic said during his on-court speech. He further added, “It is no coincidence that I won the 23rd Grand Slam here in Paris because this tournament was really in my entire career the toughest to win.”

The Roland Garros win helped the Serbian to move within Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slams after tying Serena Williams for the second most in history. Djokovic will return to world number one for a record-extending 388th week after condemning last year’s runner-up Ruud to his third Grand Slam final defeat in the past five majors.

Many former champions congratulated Djokovic on his record-breaking win. Here’s how Twitter reacted to his remarkable win.