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French Open 2023 results: Novak Djokovic beats Casper Ruud to win Roland Garros title

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In a remarkable display of his greatness, Novak Djokovic claimed his 23rd Grand Slam title by overcoming a challenging start and defeating Casper Ruud in the French Open final. Despite a slow beginning, the 36-year-old Serbian's exceptional quality in a first-set tie-break set the stage for his 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 7-5 victory, securing his place as the leader in men's majors, surpassing Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic's triumph also marked a historic milestone, as he became the first man to win each of the four majors at least three times. Expressing his gratitude, Djokovic stated, "I'm beyond fortunate to win 23 Grand Slams in my life, it is incredible." He reflected on his childhood dreams of winning Wimbledon and attaining the world number one ranking, emphasizing that anyone can create a better future if they work for it.

Shortly after Djokovic's win, Nadal took to Twitter to congratulate his longstanding rival, acknowledging the extraordinary achievement. With this victory on the Parisian clay, Djokovic now shares the number of major titles with Serena Williams, placing only Margaret Court ahead of him with 24 Grand Slams.

Djokovic's attention now turns to Wimbledon, where he will have an opportunity to equal Court's record. Given his seven previous triumphs at the prestigious tournament and his current form, he is considered a top contender to match Roger Federer's record tally of men's titles.

Overwhelmed with joy, Djokovic celebrated by falling flat on his back in sheer elation after Ruud's forehand went wide on the second championship point. Sharing the moment with his support team, including coach Goran Ivanisevic, wife Jelena, children, parents, and NFL superstar Tom Brady, Djokovic relished the significance of his accomplishment.

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