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Novak Djokovic becomes the first man in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam titles twice after the Serbs fight back from straight sets to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s French Open final; he now has a chance to win a gold tournament with Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open to come

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Novak Djokovic dodged a straight set disadvantage to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open men's singles final

Novak Djokovic dodged a straight set disadvantage to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open men’s singles final

Novak Djokovic staged another trademark comeback by claiming his second French Open title and 19th Grand Slam overall with a five-set victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The world number 1 has once again shown its exceptional recovery powers to defeat Greek star Tsitsipas 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to get close to a single Roger title Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Tsitsipas saved a set point to win a convincing opening game in the tie-break and looked to be heading for the title when he took second place comfortably, but Djokovic showed once again why he can never be overruled, wishing for another Grand Slam victory.

Djokovic said: “The atmosphere was amazing a few days ago against Rafa and today against Stefanos. Unforgettable games, unforgettable moments for me, for my career, for my life. I will definitely remember those last 48 hours for the rest of my life. “

Tsitsipas won the seesaw opening after the Greek star won eight of nine points by denying Djokovic a chance to serve the set 6-5 before sealing a dramatic play-off under clear blue skies in Paris.

Djokovic tours from a epic semifinal victory against Nadal’s old opponent seemed to be taking its toll when the fifth seed, playing in his first Grand Slam final, seemed to show no signs of nervousness as he walked away with the second set.

The Serb’s back was against the wall, but playing in his 29th Grand Slam final, he responded in typical fashion, claiming an 11-minute marathon in the fourth game to break Tsitsipas’ resistance, making just four unforced mistakes on the way to seal the set.

Tsitsipas had medical leave due to a hip injury before the start of the fourth game and was immediately broken when Djokovic, 34, took over the court from Philippe Chatrier.

An audacious pitch gave Djokovic a double break and it wasn’t long before the seed raced across the set to send the final to a decision.

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas: match statistics

Djokovic match statistics Tsitsipah
5 aces 14
3 double failures 4
78% First serve win percentage 67%
53% 2nd serve win percentage 50%
05/16 Break points earned 3/8
56 total winners 61
41 Unforced errors 44
164 Total points earned 147

Tsitsipas, who clinched the biggest title of his career in London when he claimed the ATP year-end finals in 2019, looked hampered on his backhand when Djokovic split to a 2-1 lead earlier in the year.

He had one hand at La Coupe des Mousquetaires when he held it 5-3, but despite being exhausted, Tsitsipas still had enough left in the tank to make Djokovic serve.

Under a crescendo of noise, Djokovic did his best and played clutch tennis to win the Roland Garros title with his second championship point after four hours and 11 minutes.

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