Tennis legend Novak Djokovic extended his legacy at French Open 2023 and defeated Norway’s Casper Rudd 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the men’s single final to clinch record 23rd Grand Slam title. This was the Serb’s third title at Roland Garros and his second Grand Slam of the year. He had won the Australian Open earlier in January, where he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. The win at Paris saw Djokovic surpass his long time contemporary Rafael Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slams, making him the player with the highest number of major titles.
The match saw a close contest between Djokovic and Rudd in the opening set, which was decided in the tie-breakers. With both the stars locked at 6-6, Djokovic produced a commanding show in the tie breaker and closed the set 7-6.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner carried the momentum in the second set and took a 3-0 lead. Rudd showed signs of comeback but failed to match the Serb’s intensity, who won it 6-3. The final set saw Rudd take a 1-0 lead before Djokovic made it 1-1. Rudd continued to give Djokovic a strong fight in the third set, which saw him lead 3-2 at the midway stage.
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