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Roland-Garros 2023: Djokovic-Ruud, history or a great first, a (very) unbalanced final


Highlights: Novak Djokovic will play Casper Ruud in the final of the France International. The Serb has won 22 Grand Slams and 10 titles at Roland-Garros. But Ruud has never won a major title in his career. The Norwegian is ranked No. 4 in the world. Novak has won all four matches against Ruud on clay, including two semi-finals in Rome in 2020 and 2022. But the Serb won the most matches (89 wins-8 losses at the Australian Open, 86 wins-10 losses at Wimbledon, 81 wins-13 losses at US Open)

The Serb will start in the position of favorite in the final of the France International this Sunday. He dreams of record, his Norwegian rival of a first major title.

On the circuit

Professional since 2003, Novak Djokovic has 1057 wins (210 losses); Casper Ruud, pro since 2015, has 192 wins (103 losses).

To discover

  • Roland Garros Men's Singles
  • Roland Garros Women's Singles

Grand Slam

348 wins (47 losses) and 22 titles for Novak Djokovic (the Serb has collected 10 titles at the Australian Open, 2 at Roland-Garros (2016, 2021), 7 at Wimbledon and 3 at the US Open in 33 major finals (including 6 in Paris). 34 wins (17 losses), 0 major titles for Casper Ruud who was in 2022 unfortunate finalist at Roland-Garros (beaten by Rafael Nadal) and at the US Open (dominated by Carlos Alcaraz). Ruud is the 8th player in the Open era (after Ilie Nastase, Guillermo Vilas, Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic, Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev) to play in a Grand Slam final after losing his first two major finals.


93 for Novak Djokovic (including 22 Grand Slams and 38 Masters 1000); 10 for Casper Ruud (all ATP 250).


Here again Novak Djokovic (79.9% of wins; 18 titles) ahead of Casper Ruud (72.4%; 9 titles). But since 2020, the Norwegian is the player who has, on the circuit, won the most victories on clay (87), Novak Djokovic comes in 4th position in this ranking (54). The Norwegian is also since 2020, the player who has played the most finals on clay (10; the Serb ranks 3rd with 8 finals). Ruud is finally, since 2020, the player who has won the most titles on the surface (9; 4 for Djokovic).

At Roland-Garros

91 wins-16 losses (2 titles), for Novak Djokovic. Roland-Garros is the Grand Slam tournament in which the Serb has won the most matches (89 wins-8 losses at the Australian Open, 86 wins-10 losses at Wimbledon, 81 wins-13 losses at the US Open); 19 wins (5 losses) for Casper Ruud in Paris.

Face-to-face meetings

The balance also tilts largely in favor of Novak Djokovic who won all four matches (including 2 on clay: semi-final in Rome in 2020 and 2022) against Casper Ruud. The Norwegian could not hang a set.


The Serb wears No. 3; the Norwegian is No. 4 in the world. In the event of a title, Novak Djokovic (who would go on to win a 21st consecutive Grand Slam match) would regain the position of world No. 1 (and live his 388th week at the top of world tennis).

Against Top 10 players

243 wins (109 losses) for Novak Djokovic; 11 wins (22 losses) for Casper Ruud.

In 2023

26 wins (4 losses), 2 titles (Adelaide, Australian Open) for Novak Djokovic; 22 wins (11 losses), 1 title (Estoril) for Casper Ruud.

Their 2023 tournament at Roland-Garros

Novak Djokovic lost 2 sets (1 against Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals and 1 against Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals) and spent 17:44 on court; Casper Ruud lost 3 sets (1 against Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri in the 2nd round, 1 against China's Zhizhen Zhang in the 3rd round, 1 against Denmark's Holger Rune in the quarterfinals) and spent 15:59 on court.

5th set in Paris

Novak Djokovic's composure also found fertile ground (37 wins-10 losses). Casper Ruud has 6 wins-4 losses.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-06-10

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