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Novak Djokovic is three set wins away from becoming the winningest tennis player in men’s Grand Slam singles history.

The world No. 3 player already has the 2023 Australian Open to his name. That moved him into a tie with Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam singles titles in history, with 22. If the Serbian star can beat Casper Ruud in the French Open final, he will claim the outright Grand Slam lead with No. 23.

History suggests Djokovic will take care of his finals competition. According to the ATP Tour, he is 4-0 all time vs. Ruud. Moreover, Djokovic has never lost a set to the Norwegian; the closest he has come to dropping a set was in their second meeting, when he won 7-6(4) in a first-set tiebreaker at the 2021 Nitto ATP Finals.

Djokovic has also dispatched several of the world’s best players at Roland-Garros, including several ranked highly in the ATP standings: No. 29 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, No. 11 Karen Khachanov and No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz. He beat each of his first four opponents in straight sets before taking down each of Khachanov and Alcaraz in four.

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The odds seem stacked against Ruud, though he has to feel confident after his performances in the quarterfinals and semifinals. He beat No. 6 Holger Rune in four sets before defeating No. 22 Alexander Zverev in straight sets to set up a fifth meeting with Djokovic.

Is the fifth time the charm for Ruud? Or will Djokovic claim that historic 23rd Grand Slam title? The Sporting News has everything you need to find out:

What time does Novak Djokovic vs. Casper Ruud start?

  • Start date: Sunday, June 11
  • Start time: 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time)

Djokovic and Ruud will face off in the French Open men’s singles final at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday (3 p.m. local time in Paris). The match will take place on Court Philippe-Chatrier in Stade Roland-Garros.

How to watch Novak Djokovic vs. Casper Ruud at 2023 French Open

NBC will carry the French Open men’s singles final between Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud. Options for cord-cutters include the network’s dedicated streaming platform, Peacock, or Fubo, which offers U.S. subscribers a free trial.

  • TV channel (Canada): TSN, RDS
  • Live stream: TSN Direct
     
  • TV channel (U.K.): Eurosport
  • Live stream: Discovery+
  • TV channel (Australia): 9Gem
  • Live stream: Stan Sport, 9Now
  • TV channel (India): Sony TEN
  • Live stream: SonyLiv

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French Open bracket 2023

Men’s semifinals

Friday, June 9

Match
No. 3 Novak Djokovic def. No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Casper Ruud def. No. 22 Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, 6-0

Men’s final

Sunday, June 11

Match Time (ET)
No. 3 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 4 Casper Ruud 9 a.m.



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