Novak Djokovic with the French Open trophy in 2023. Jun 11, 2023; Paris,France; Novak Djokovic (SRB) kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning his 23rd grand slam final against Casper Ruud (NOR) on day 15 at Stade Roland-Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday saw 36-year-old Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic win the French Open singles title. That title, Djokovic’s third singles title at Roland Garros (he also won there in 2016 and 2021), came from him beating 24-year-old Norwegian Christian Ruud 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 7-5. And it marked his 23rd Grand Slam singles title, a new men’s record:

37-year-old Spaniard Nadal, who Djokovic (seen at top with the French Open trophy Sunday) passed with that win, quickly offered congratulations on Twitter:

And Ruud offered congratulations after his loss:

Former NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who was watching from Djokovic’s box, was also quick to offer congratulations:

Many others from across the tennis world also paid tribute to Djokovic’s accomplishment:

This is quite the accomplishment for Djokovic. And it comes in the middle of an impressive year. He won the Adelaide International in January, then won the Australian Open in February, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, 6-3, 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-5) to win his 10th title at that tournament.

Since then, Djokovic lost in the semifinals to Daniil Medvedev in the Dubai Tennis Championships in March. He then missed two U.S. events over COVID-19 vaccination rules, and had some clay-court struggles, with his best recent showing before the French Open being a run to the quarterfinals at the Srpska Open in April.

But Djokovic came roaring back into form in this tournament. And he beat world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz (who’s a mere 16 years younger) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.  And Djokovic’s victory here means he’ll shortly move back up to the No. 1 world ranking. We’ll see where he goes from here, but this was certainly a remarkable performance, and one adding to an amazing career. And it was neat to see Nadal, the player he passed for this record, giving him this tribute.

[Rafael Nadal on Twitter; photo from Susan Mullane/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.