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.




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Tennis players who defeated Nadal, Djokovic & Federer

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic are the three greatest Tennis players of all time. These 3 GOATs have amassed the most grand slams in the history of the sport, with Nadal (22) leading the pack with Djokovic (21) second and Federer (20) in the 3rd spot. Next to them is Pete Sampras, who has won a total of 14 grand slams, mind the gap. Let’s be realistic; every player had to face at least one of them in their journey before winning a major trophy. It is surely a difficult task to get the better of any of them. 

Federer’s retirement from the sport might have come as a sign of relief for many players out there. Having said that, there are few players who actually don’t fear facing any of these 3 aces. Actually, there are plenty of players who have beaten all of these 3 in the game of tennis. Now it is surely a huge achievement to defeat Nadal, Federer and Djokovic in one’s career. Let’s have a look at these players. 

Tennis players who have beaten Nadal, Djokovic and Federer 

Andy Murray (29 wins against the Fab 3) 

Andy Murray is one of the undisputed legends of the game. The only player to clinch the no.1 spot in the Federer-Nadala-Djokovic era. The player who has gotten the better of the Fab 3 most of the time. Andy Murray is surely the 4th best player of this generation. 

Andy Murray

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Wins against the Fab 3 
  1. Roger Federer: 11
  2. Novak Djokovic: 11
  3. Rafael Nadal: 7

Juan Martin del Potro (17 wins against the Fab 3) 

Juan Martin del Potro earned the respect in the sport, even from the Fab 3. He is one of the most feared opponents, as he can dominate any superstar on a good day. If not for his injuries, Juan Martin would have been twice the player he has been in his career till now. However, he still holds a solid record against the Fab 3. 

Juan Martin del Potro

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Wins against the Fab 3 
  1. Roger Federer: 7
  2. Rafael Nadal: 6
  3. Novak Djokovic: 4

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (16 wins against the Fab 3) 

If not for his severe knee injury, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would have enjoyed a completely different career. Even the Fab 3 failed at certain points to hold on to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s solid comebacks. He was a serious player who gave Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic a run for their money. 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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Wins against the Fab 3 
  1. Roger Federer: 6
  2. Rafael Nadal: 4
  3. Novak Djokovic: 6

Lleyton Hewitt (14 wins against the Fab 3) 

Lleyton Hewitt has a solid record against the Fab 3. Taking nothing from Australia, Hewitt did have a bit of an upper hand against the young Federer and Nadal. 

Lleyton Hewitt

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Wins against the Fab 3 
  1. Roger Federer: 9
  2. Rafael Nadal: 4
  3. Novak Djokovic: 1

Dominic Thiem (14 wins against the Fab 3) 

It will be safe to say that Dominic Thiem is the closest tennis player who comes to the Fab 3. Thiem has a solid record against Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic. Having said that, Dominic Thiem has lost some important matches against the Fab 3, as he was beaten by Nadal in two French Open finals and by Djokovic in the Australian Open. Nevertheless, Thiem is an exceptional talent, and he can replace Federer in the Fab 3 with the Swiss legend retired from the game. 

Dominic Thiem


Wins against the Fab 3 

1) Roger Federer: 5

2) Rafael Nadal: 5

3) Novak Djokovic: 4 


Tomas Berdych (13 wins against the Fab 3) 

Tomas Berdych had a career to cherish. The Czech superstar was a Wimbledon finalist and was ranked no.4 during his peak. He holds a solid record against the Fab 3. Not many in the world can get the better of Federer a total of 6 times. 

Tomas Berdych

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Wins against the Fab 3 
  1. Roger Federer: 6 
  2. Rafael Nadal: 4
  3. Novak Djokovic: 3 

Stan Wawrinka (12 wins against the Fab 3) 

Stan Wawrinka has won three Grand Slam titles in his career. Interestingly, the 37-year-old is only a Wimbledon title away from completing the career slam. Stan Wawrinka would have dominated the world of tennis if not for the likes of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. However, he still has a solid record against the fab 3, mainly against Novak Djokovic. 

Stan Wawrinka


Wins against the Fab 3 
  1. Novak Djokovic: 6 
  2. Roger Federer: 3 
  3. Rafael Nadal: 3
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