Novak Djokovic lands historic 23rd major title in Paris to overtake Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic’s win over Casper Ruud in the French Open final has seen him overtake Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam men’s singles titles in history.

Djokovic recorded a 7-6 6-3 7-5 victory to remarkably lift the 23rd major trophy of his career in Paris on Sunday and he will now regain the world No.1 ranking.

The 36-year-old has won Roland-Garros for the the third time and has become the first man in the Open Era to secure three titles at each of the four majors.

Djokovic also lifted the Australian Open in January and will now be targeting a calendar Grand Slam if he can emerge victorious at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Ruud went into the third Grand Slam final of his career needing a miracle – after losing the previous two, including last year’s Roland-Garros final to Nadal – and was a heavy underdog having lost all four of his previous meetings with Djokovic.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a strong start with a service hold to love in only two minutes in front of a star-studded Philippe-Chatrier crowd – including footballer Kylian Mbappe and NFL star Tom Brady – and the second game of the first set turned into a long battle as Ruud went 2-0 up after converting a third break point.

Ruud held to take a 3-0 lead but Djokovic started to come to life, storming through a service game with a hold to love – and after the duo exchanged service games – the Serbian registered his first break of the match as Ruud fired into the net after a thrilling 28-shot rally, following a string of errors from the Norwegian.

Djokovic looked in firm control in the early stages of the third set but Ruud saved a break point and there appeared to be a mini shift as the world No.4 started to mix up his game with more slice backhands, coming forward more and hitting some impressive volleys as neither player were able to break the other.

Formula One drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were watching the final but Ruud was heading for a white flag rather than a chequered one after Djokovic got the crucial third-set break to take a 6-5 lead, giving him the opportunity to serve for the match.

Djokovic came out on top to win the third set 7-5 and wrap up the victory, becoming the oldest ever French Open men’s singles champion.

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