Novak Djokovic is aiming to become the most successful men’s player in grand slam history when he faces Casper Ruud…
Novak Djokovic is aiming to become the most successful men’s player in grand slam history when he faces Casper Ruud in the French Open final.
The third and fourth seed go head to head on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday for the right to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires at Roland Garros.
Djokovic can move into a league of his own by surpassing Rafael Nadal and landing his 23rd major singles title – a tally only bettered overall by Margaret Court (24) – and third French Open crown.
Indeed, there is plenty at stake for the Serb, who is appearing in his seventh final after seeing off top seed Carlos Alcaraz in the last four.
He would also reclaim top spot from Alcaraz in the ATP rankings, as well as becoming the first male to win each grand slam event at least three times.
The 36-year-old, who also triumphed here in 2016 and 2021, will also be the oldest male champion at Roland Garros in the Open Era should he prevail in his record-equalling 34th grand slam final (level with Chris Evert).
Djokovic has won all four of his previous meetings with Ruud without dropping a set – most recently in last year’s ATP Finals showpiece.
But the Norwegian will not roll over in his quest to go one better, having lost out to Nadal in straight sets 12 months ago.
Ruud has now reached the final in three of the last five major events as he seeks his maiden title, and will be confident on clay having recorded the most wins (87), final appearances (12) and titles (nine) on surface since 2020.
The first Scandinavian to appear in back-to-back finals at Roland Garros since Robin Soderling (2009 and 2010), he is looking to become the first such winner of a slam since Thomas Johansson at the 2002 Australian Open.
Ruud has not beaten a top-three opponent in nine previous attempts, but now would be the ideal time to end that drought.
Play gets underway at 1.30pm BST on Sunday and will be contested over the best of five sets on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
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