It's Djokovic's third French Open title that puts him in a class of his own

As Casper Ruud becomes powerless to prevent a 23rd Grand Slam singles victory, 

the Serb raises his game once again to stratospheric levels.

A player who understands this aspect and utilizes it to his advantage is Novak Djokovic, 

who won his third French Open title on Sunday by defeating Casper Ruud 7-6(1), 6-3, 7-5. Thus, 

He became the first man to win 23 Grand Slam singles titles, surpassing Rafael Nadal.

For Ruud, this has been a nightmare match-up in the past, as he has 

Now lost all five matches against the Serb. Ruud, who was beaten by Nadal in 

the Paris final last year, came out swinging. Using slow clay and his topspin-laden 

sledgehammer of a forehand, he made the ball bounce high off the

Court with his smart strategy. In addition to removing the ball from Djokovic's 

Strike zone, it made him exert tremendous energy in the long rallies.

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