Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win French Open 2021
World number one tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win the French Open title. This is his 19th Grand Slam
- World number-1 tennis star Novak Djokovic won the French Open
- This is the 19th Grand Slam title of the Serbian great tennis star's career
- With this he is only one Grand Slam behind Rafael Nadal and Federer
World number one tennis star Novak Djokovic has won the French Open title. He defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the final. The Serbian had to face defeat in the first two sets, but once he came back in the third set, he won the title after registering consecutive wins. This is his 19th Grand Slam title and he is one slam away from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. With this, Novak Djokovic has become the first person to complete a career Grand Slam twice in the Open Era.
Fifth seed Tsitsipas got off to a good start by winning the first two sets 7-6, 6-2 but top seed Djokovic won the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 to drag the match into the fifth and deciding set. In the deciding set, Djokovic took the lead by breaking Tsitsipas' serve in the third game and then kept it at the end, winning the set 6-4 to win the match and the title.
Djokovic had a chance to break the Greek player's serve in the fifth game as well, but he missed it. The Serbian then went on to win the 10th game by retaining his serve. Djokovic also broke Tsitsipas's dream of becoming Greece's first Grand Slam champion. Djokovic is now just one step away from equaling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record 20 Grand Slam titles.
Twenty-year-old Tsitsipas also had to undergo treatment from his trainer on the court after the third set during the bout due to back pain. Djokovic has been successful in winning the first two sets five times in his career before. Prior to this match, the Serbian had won 34 times in five-set matches, while he had to face defeat 10 times.
Djokovic, who defeated another legendary player and undefeated Roland Garros king Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, was playing in the Grand Slam final for the 29th time, while the Greek player made it to the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. Djokovic had a good start and had a chance to win his serve in the first set but then lost eight of the next nine points.
He also went 0-4 in the tiebreaker after which Tsitsipas had no problem winning the first set. Tsitsipas broke Djokovic's serve twice in the second set to take a vital 2-0 lead but the Serbian won the next two sets easily to level the score at 2-2.