As many as eight players formed a list of potential winners of the French Open title after defending champion and 14-time winner Rafael Nadal had withdrawn from the contest a month back. Casper Ruud was part of the list, but only by virtue of making the final in 2022. His concerning start to the 2023 season saw most write him off despite a title win on clay in Estoril Open. But flowing under the radar, the Norwegian quietly upped his game to stage a second successive run to a Roland Garros final. And while the 24-year-old will be hoping to become third time lucky, another supremely mighty warrior stands on the other side of the court with history on the line.
If it was Nadal in 2022, who handed Ruud a straight-set defeat in his very first Grand Slam final, to claim a record 22nd Grand Slam title, it’s Novak Djokovic in 2023, who has a brand-new record of a 23rd major in sight besides also reclaiming the ATP World No.1 crown.
Ahead of the big final on Sunday on court Philippe Chatrier, we take a look at the head-to-head record, key stats and records in line for the match…
It has been a lopsided rivalry so far between the two with Djokovic winning all four encounters without even losing a set. Two of them have been at ATP Finals and two others on clay in Rome.
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