French Open Final: Novak Djokovic’s quest for No. 23

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When Novak Djokovic first won his first grand slam the year was 2008 and Federer had already won 12 and Nadal 3. Now, more than 15 years later, when Djokovic takes on Casper Ruud tomorrow morning in the French Open final, he will have a chance at history. The 23rd slam.

Ruud offers a stern challenge at preventing that, looking to win his first slam, after succumbing twice in the finals in years’ past Can Djokovic rise as he almost always does? Can Ruud temporarily stop history?

Ahead of tomorrow’s match, here is everything you need to know.

French Open Final: Novak Djokovic vs. Casper Ruud

Novak Djokovic

There is no one more clutch than this guy. After coming in as an underdog to Carlos Alcaraz, the 36-year-old somehow stood his ground and competed at the highest level with the most talented and athletic 20-year-old for two sets. Unfortunately, in the third set Alcaraz struggled with cramps, changing the landscape of the match.

Yet, we were reminded of something while that match was going on. Djokovic’s overall mental state on the court is something that should be scientifically studied. He does not fold under pressure.

The former No.1 is very familiar with these matches and has thrived under pressure, winning 10 of his last 12 finals.

Casper Ruud

Casper Ruud’s year has been classified by many ups and downs. At some point after Indian Wells, some were wondering what was going on with him. He couldn’t find any momentum during the hard-court season or the clay-swing. Thus, he entered the Open with just a 16-11 record.

Now, he is at the highest stage again. The Norwegian poses lots of strengths such as his baseline rallies, his improved serve, and his recent growth at the net.

The two have faced off a total of four times. Djokovic has won on each of those occasions. Given Ruud’s current form and momentum, he is more than capable of taking a set but going up with arguably the goat is no easy task. For that reason, I see Djokovic capturing 23.

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Prediction: Djokovic in 4 sets.