On Sunday afternoon, the final of Roland Garros will be played. Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud will determine who will win the second Grand Slam tournament of the year. Should Djokovic take the title, he will also take over the first place in the world rankings from Carlos Alcaraz. Meanwhile, Ruud seeks revenge for last year's lost final against Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic did not have an impressive tournament until his semifinal against Alcaraz. The Serbian player secured straightforward victories but failed to leave a lasting impression in any of the matches. That changed when it really mattered against Alcaraz. Djokovic showed that age doesn't matter and played tennis at the level of someone in their early twenties, despite being 36 years old. At Roland Garros, Djokovic has the opportunity to claim his 23rd Grand Slam title, an absolute record. "It is an incredible privilege to be able to make history in the sport I love so much," the Serbian reflects.
For the second consecutive year, Ruud has shown that he belongs to the absolute world top players on gravel. The Norwegian player reached the final in Paris last year, but was unable to beat Rafael Nadal. The lead-up to this year's final was challenging for Ruud. He dropped three sets, struggled against Italian player Giulio Zeppieri and Chilean player Nicolas Jarry, but then made an impression against Holger Rune and Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic and Ruud have faced each other four times before. 'The Joker' won all of those matches in straight sets. In 2020 and 2022, both players met on the gravel courts of Rome. Can we rely on those matches as an indication for what will happen this time around? No! Ruud has been on a strong upward trajectory in the past year and has been making it increasingly difficult for the top players. However, the Norwegian will have to perform at his absolute best against Djokovic, if he wants to have a chance at victory in Paris. In his match against Carlos Alcaraz, Djokovic showed that he is still at the top of his game when it matters most, and therefore, he is the favorite at all betting agencies.
Road to the final
|First round||6-3 6-2 7-6 vs. Kovacevic||6-4 6-3 6-2 vs. E. Ymer|
|Second round||7-6 6-0 6-3 vs. Fucsovics||6-3 6-2 4-6 7-5 vs. Zeppieri|
|Third round||7-6 7-6 6-2 vs. Davidovich Fokina||4-6 6-4 6-1 6-4 vs. Zhang|
|Eighth finals||6-3 6-2 6-2 vs. Varillas||7-6 7-5 7-5 vs. Jarry|
|Quarter-finals||4-6 7-6 6-2 6-4 vs Khachanov||6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 vs. Rune|
|Semifinals||6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 vs. Alcaraz||6-3 6-4 6-0 vs. Zverev|
|Total time on the job||17 hours and 49 minutes||16 hours and 14 minutes|
Where to watch the Roland Garros final?
An almost deliriously high check awaits the winner, amounting to a whopping 1,650,000 euros. The runner-up will have to settle for the consolation prize of 850,000 euros. The showdown between Djokovic and Ruud starts at 3:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1.
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