Novak Djokovic made a comeback for his 19th Grand Slam after losing the first two sets by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open final. Title
Paris: Novak Djokovic made a comeback in the French Open final on Sunday after losing the first two sets to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. 19th Grand Slam title.
Djokovic’s second trophy at Roland Garros saw him one major championship away from breaking the men’s 20’s record shared by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
It halves the current Australian Open champion Djokovic in a calendar-year Grand Slam that no man has achieved since Rod Laver in 1969.
Djokovic, 34, defeated 13-time French Open champion Nadal in the semi-finals that lasted more than four hours on Friday night. That’s probably why Tsitsipas, 22, had the upper hand early on, and Djokovic looked weary for two sets.
Eventually, though, he started making fewer mistakes, getting his best-in-game back on track, serving almost flawlessly down the stretch and was able to complete his sixth career comeback with two sets – And the second of last week.
Indeed, the International Tennis Federation said Djokovic – who beat 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti in two sets in the fourth round – was the first man to win a Grand Slam tournament after suffering a 2-0 deficit twice in the professional era. Huh. set.
Experience could also have been a factor.
It was the first major final for Tsitsipas and 29th for Djokovic, who also won the French Open in 2016, as well as nine titles at the Australian Open, five at Wimbledon and three at the US Open.
Sunday’s final result had as much, if not more, significance: Djokovic entered the day with a 34-10 record in the five-setter – including a men’s record 31 wins in Grand Slam matches of that length – while Tsitsipas 5 the -4.
On a sunny and humid afternoon, with temperatures approaching 80 degrees Fahrenheit (over 25 degrees Celsius), Tsitsipas needed more than 100 minutes to make a big lead on Sunday.
But the tenacious and talented Djokovic didn’t give up, grabbing early breaks in each of the last three sets.
AP Tennis writer Howard Fendrich in Washington contributed to this report.
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