Rafael Nadal breaks silence as Novak Djokovic wins historic French Open and 23rd Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal congratulated Novak Djokovic after he claimed his 23rd Grand Slam title.


Rafael Nadal breaks silence as Novak Djokovic wins historic French Open and 23rd Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (French Open : Source)

Rafael Nadal congratulated Novak Djokovic for winning a historic 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2023 French Open on Sunday. The Serbian outplayed the fourth seed Casper Ruud in straight sets, who had no answers to Novak Djokovic’s high quality of tennis. Rafael Nadal took to social media to congratulate the 36-year-old just moments after his historic win.

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Novak Djokovic also reclaimed the world number one ranking spot, which he lost just a couple of weeks ago to Carlos Alcaraz. The Serbian hardly put a foot wrong all throughout the tournament, as he dropped just two sets on his way to the title. He did not enter the French Open as the outright favorite, given his mediocre performances during the clay court season.

Rafael Nadal missed the French Open for the first time in just over two decades, as the Spaniard is still recovering from a surgery. The 14-time French Open champion claimed the title last year, when he defeated Casper Ruud in the finals again in straight sets. He had nothing but words of praise for Novak Djokovic after his victory.

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Rafael Nadal congratulates Novak Djokovic on historic French Open victory

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The Big Three of Tennis share utmost respect amongst each other, despite the contrasting views of their respective fanbases. Shortly after Novak’s win, Rafael Nadal penned down a short note for his fierce rival.

Many congrats on this amazing achievement. @DjokerNole 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!,” wrote Nadal.

Novak Djokovic will now return to action during the grass court season, which is already underway. The newly crowned world number one will be aiming for his eight Wimbledon title next month, and his five consecutive title at the Championships. The Serbian is also halfway through the Calendar Slam, a similar position he found himself in 2021. Novak Djokovic broke a plethora of records after his French Open victory on Sunday, as he also became the first male tennis player to win each of the four Grand Slam titles on at least three occasions.

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