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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 47-41, 31-22, 40-26 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    25 % Djokovic – 26 of 101
    16 % Ruud – 17 of 106

    Djokovic [3] had won their four previous meetings in straight sets, but all occurred in Italy, so there was a slight hope Ruud [4] would play a better match in France. In the opening set he was actually more pro-active, raced to a 3:0 lead winning majority of the FH vs FH exchanges, but squandered a break point at 4:3 and his chances to finally win a set against Djokovic began to evaporate. Admittedly Ruud won a point which gave him a 30/0 lead at 5:4, but he was running in that rally forwards-backwards-forwards which cost him a lot of energy, and the Serb quickly collected the next four points. At 1:0 for Djokovic in the tie-break. Ruud lost a point he should have won, and it was the beginning of his end. After the tie-break, they both took a toilet break which lasted 8 minutes instead of 5. Djokovic came back refreshed and jumped to a 3:0 lead. Since that moment onwards, Djokovic didn’t need to stick to maximum of concentration on return, and Ruud finally began to collect points directly behind the serve. In the 3rd set it was a matter of time when Djokovic would get the decisive break – it happened at 5-all (Ruud earlier led 4:3, 30/0). In the following game Djokovic had a chance to finish the event in spectacular fashion, but missed a forehand. At 40/15 he solidly constructed a baseline rally forcing an error, and celebrated the historic victory on his back. “Obviously a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam,” said Djokovic at the trophy ceremony. “The four biggest tournaments that we have in our sport. Every single player dreams of being on this stage and winning the trophy at least once in their career. I’m beyond fortunate in my life to win 23 times, it’s an incredible feeling.”

    Djokovic’s route to his 94th title (record breaking 23rd Slam):
    1 Aleksandar Kovacevic 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(1)
    2 Marton Fucsovics 7-6(2), 6-0, 6-3
    3 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 6-2
    4 Juan Pablo Varillas 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Q Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-4
    S Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
    W Casper Ruud 7-6(1), 6-3, 7-5

    Serve & volley: Djokovic 1/3, Ruud 1/1
  2. Voo de Mar says:
    # Djokovic needed 3 hours 36 minutes to beat Davidovich, his career-longest 3-0 win
    # With a perfect 6-0 tie-break record in Paris, Djokovic moves to career 308-162 which is .655 – the best ratio in history
    (Federer, the long-time leader, has .654 and cannot improve)

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