Novak Djokovic wins French Open 2021, wins 19th Grand Slam overall

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Novak Djokovic (Image tweeted by @rolandgarros)
Novak Djokovic (Image tweeted by @rolandgarros)

New Delhi : World number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday won French Open 2021 title after defeating young and talented Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s singles final. Djokovic went for a slow start and turned things around by beating Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to lift his second Roland Garros title at the iconic Court Philippe-Chatrier. 

With the win, Djokovic has become the first player in the Open Era in 52 years to win all Grand Slam titles twice. 

This was his 19th Grand Slam Title and now he is one step closer to 20-time champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the list for most majors men’s singles titles. The world number one began the season by lifting his ninth Australian Open trophy, and by claiming his second Grand Slam title in a row he remains on track for a calendar Grand Slam.

Meanwhile, Djokovic’s final match of French Open 2021 was not a cake ride, after battling back from two sets to love against Italian teenager – Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round, Djokovic overcame arguably the biggest test of all. 

It took Djokovic a couple of sets to settle himself against world number five Tsitsipas, who almost made everyone believe that he is going to win after two-set lead in his maiden Grand Slam final. But, Djokovic bounced back in the third set by claiming a crucial service break after an 11-minute game four. Despite saving four break points, Tsitsipas was unable to hold back against World No. 1, and the latter took a 3-1 lead.

Djokovic changed the game in the fourth set and dropped only three points on his own serve. By winning 86 per cent (12/14) of points behind his powerful first service, Djokovic took a 4-0 lead with a double break and levelled the scoreline by taking the fourth set in 39 minutes.

He continued his good comeback in the fifth set and took the trophy with a big smile. However, Tsitsipas impressed all with his skill and talent at the grandest stage of Tennis. 

This was the first major final for Tsitsipas and 29th for Djokovic. Djokovic has now won two French Open titles, along with nine titles at the Australian Open, five at Wimbledon and three at the US Open.