French Open 2023: Novak Djokovic makes history becoming first man to reach the 23 Grand Slam title mark
In Tennis, Novak Djokovic created history by becoming the first man to reach the coveted 23 grand slam title mark with his straight sets win over Casper Ruud in the men’s singles final of the French Open 2023 in Paris, France today.
This was the Serb’s 3rd title on Parisian clay as he goes past rival Rafael Nadal as the man with the most number of major honours in the history of the game. The world no.3 ranked Serb breezed past his opponent 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 to claim his third French Open title and 23rd grand slam title overall.
Meanwhile, in women’s singles, Poland’s Iga Swiatek became the first woman since 2007 to win back-to-back French Open titles when she won her third championship yesterday, beating Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova 6-2 5-7 6-4 in a thrilling final.
The 22-year-old Swiatek is just the third woman in the Open era to win each of her first four Grand Slam finals, the Pole adding to her 2020 and 2022 titles in Paris and last year’s US Open triumph.
Monica Seles and Naomi Osaka are the only other players to accomplish the feat. Swiatek, the world number 1, is also the youngest woman to claim back-to-back French Open titles since Monica Seles in the early 1990s.