2023 French Open Men’s Finals: Preview & Picks 6/11/2023

2023 French Open Men’s Finals: Preview & Picks 6/11/2023

June 9, 2023

Finals Preview


After Casper Rudd defeated Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, the 2023 French Open championship match has been decided. Novak Djokovic, who won against Carlos Alcaraz earlier on Friday to reach his sixth French Open final, will be his opponent.


Carlos Alcaraz lost against Novak Djokovic in 4 sets in what was one of the most awaited matchups in recent memory, and the contest had an awful ending when Alcaraz struggled from full-body cramps following the claim of the 2nd set. Djokovic defeated ATP No. 1 Alcaraz in 4 sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, to go towards his 7th French Open final and 2nd Grand Slam final in 2023. The 34 Grand Slam final appearances Djokovic will compete in in this match will tie him with Chris Evert for the most final appearances in men’s or women’s tennis during the Open Era. He also happens to be the oldest participant in the French Open final, male or female.


Casper Rudd will try to redeem his defeat against Rafael Nadal in the Roland-Garros 2022 final, despite the fact that he will take on Novak Djokovic, a player he hasn’t defeated in 4 games. Ruud defeated Zverev with ease, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 to go to the championship round. Ruud’s best chance of success presumably comes in grinding against Djokovic; if he can run around the Serbian’s backhand and keep his forehand in action for as long as possible, he should be able to inflict some harm.


The Norwegian will now compete in his third Grand Slam final overall and first of the 2023 season. Rudd lost his most recent match against Djokovic, in the 2022 Italy Open semifinals, 6-4, 6-3. The 34th Grand Slam final of his career pits him against Djokovic, who he has never beaten in a set. Both players have played honorably throughout the tournament, but Djokovic is in an excellent spot to claim a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam championship, which would place him ahead of his opponents for the first time. I anticipate that he will do so at the 2023 French Open.


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