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Roger Federer Finally Congratulates Novak Djokovic for Winning 23rd Grand Slam
- A week after the conclusion of the 2023 French Open, Roger Federer finally congratulated Novak Djokovic for winning his 23rd Grand Slam
- Djokovic now has more Grand Slams (23) than any man in history
- Federer has 20, while Rafael Nadal has 22
Tennis legend Roger Federer has finally congratulated Novak Djokovic for winning his 23rd Grand Slam, a week after the conclusion of the 2023 French Open.
Djokovic, who is now the outright leader in the men's Grand Slam titles, beat Casper Ruud last weekend to clinch his third French Open title.
Djokovic's win at Roland Garros saw him draw level with Serena Williams, and he could equal Margaret Court's all-time singles mark (24) at Wimbledon next month.
The Serbian and Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal were tied at 22 majors, but the Serb's win in France gave him the outright lead. Federer, who retired in September last year, has 20 Grand Slams.
Djokovic had been playing catch up with his two great rivals in terms of Grand Slam majors throughout his career but is now in command, per Eurosport.
Federer congratulates Djokovic
Speaking on a tennis court in London for the first time since retiring, Federer lauded Djokovic for his incredible achievement.
“I thought what Novak did is incredible,” Federer said. “Honestly, it’s great for tennis, great for sports when tennis writes its own history and keeps on adding to it like we’ve seen with Serena Williams as well, Rafa then myself and now with Novak," via iPaper.
The Swiss is backing Djokovic to keep winning despite entering his late 30s.
"He looks like he’s gonna keep on doing that for a long time still to come, which is great. And I wish him all the best. I think also the way he’s doing it still – he isn’t the youngest anymore, we forget. He looks young and he does it in a young way, but it’s not easy, and I thought it was an amazing victory. So I couldn’t have been more happy.”
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The Serbian star is the favorite at Wimbledon, where he is trying to tie Federer's record of eight titles.
Nadal congratulated Djokovic shortly after he beat Ruud at Roland Garros.
Comparing Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer
Sports Brief earlier looked at the numbers behind three tennis greats who are considered among the best stars of all time.
Roger Federer retired in 2022 after a decorated career where he won 22 Grand Slam titles, making the most money of them.
However, Djokovic and Nadal have won more Grand Slams than the legendary Swiss star but earned less from their careers.