Novak Djokovic wins French Open to claim record 23rd Grand Slam title

For the 23rd time in his career, Novak Djokovic is the king of men’s tennis. And — for the time being — he is atop the all-time leaderboard for career Grand Slams among men’s players.

Djokovic, 36, defeated Casper Ruud on Sunday in straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-3, 7-5 to win the French Open championship at Court Philippe-Chatrier in the outskirts of Paris. The title surpasses the mark that he had shared with Rafael Nadal, who skipped the French Open due to a hip injury. Djokovic’s 23 Grand Slams puts him in a tie with women’s tennis icon Serena Williams for career slams and Margaret Court is the record holder with 24.

The victory follows Djokovic’s title at the Australian Open in January, which means that he is now two Grand Slams away from winning the Calendar Slam for the 2023 season; Wimbledon starts next month and the U.S. Open begins in late August. This is Djokovic’s third French Open title.

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