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Novak Djokovic wins French Open to claim men's singles record 23rd Grand Slam title

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By- USA NATIONAL POST

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1.The great players leave records in their wake, depositing them like waves on a shoreline, leaving a high-water mark for others to reach towards or wash away.

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2.First it was Roger Federer, then it was Rafael Nadal, now it is Novak Djokovic who, with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 7-5 victory in the French Open final against Casper Ruud, set a new men’s record for the most grand slam titles with his 23rd win.

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3.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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4.Novak Djokovic first addressed the crowd in French, wearing a custom hoodie with “23” embroidered on his chest, before speaking in English to tell Ruud he was “one of the best personalities on the tour.”

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5.“I am beyond fortunate in my life to win 23 times Grand Slams,” Djokovic said during the trophy presentation. “It’s an incredible feeling.”

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6.Djokovic has crept slowly into the all-time great debate, his first grand slam wins punctuating half a decade of Nadal and Federer’s dominance when he was seemingly destined to be the odd one out, the one unfortunate to belong to the same era as them.

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7.“Many congrats on this amazing achievement,” Nadal tweeted after the match. “23 is a number that just a few years back was impossible to think about, and you made it! Enjoy it with your family and team!”

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