No man has ever lifted 23 Roland Garros trophies in the past but Novak Djokovic did. He did it today after beating Casper Ruud in straight sets to win the 2023 Roland Garros. It was an okay match, a great performance from Djokovic who did what many expected him to once he ousted Alcaraz. He took control of the match like champions due clinically converting his chances.
Ruud opened well, he took an early break which he held for a while but Djokovic stormed back. The Norwegian didn't get many chances after that having to see out a set win in the tiebreak but he completely faltered. From an impressive first rally towards the finish, Djokovic dominated taking it 7-1.
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The second set opened perfectly for Djokovic as he took an early break which was the worst thing that could have happened to Ruud. The Norwegian tried a few things but nothing worked as Djokovic kept cruising finishing it off 6-3. The final set was similar in many ways. Both players had good moments with Ruud particularly trying his best to stay with Djokovic.
He was managing it fine for a while even threatening Djokovic a few times but ultimately the Serbian proved too strong and he added a bit of power to his game to finish it off 7-5. Just a really strong performance from the Serbian who had 11 aces today. He also added 52 winners and only 32 unforced errors. Ruud had a solid 31 and 31 but that is not enough to take down one of the best players of all time, arguably the best tennis player that has ever walked the planet.
23 and going strong.