Novak Djokovic has won Roland Garros for the second time in his career. The number one in the world was behind the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 2-0 in sets, but was able to convincingly repair that damage: 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4.
The 34-year-old Serb therefore comes to the impressive number of nineteen grand slam titles. He is just one title away from tying the record of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are both at 20. ,,These were very tough days, nine hours of tennis in 48 hours and winning against two fantastic players. I was 2-0 down, but I kept believing in my chances,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic made a big impression on Friday by eliminating gravel king Nadal in a blistering semi-final. The Spaniard was chasing his fourteenth title in Paris, but had no response to his great rival’s game. Physically, Djokovic appeared to have recovered well from that battle of attrition today. After falling 2-0 in sets – just like in the eighth finals against the Italian Lorenzo Musetti – he switched up a gear and the 22-year-old Tsitsipas was barely involved.
The Greek number five on the placement list, who has never been in a grand slam final before, was treated by the physio after the third set. However, he was unable to catch up with Djokovic in the long rallies and after an early break in the fifth set, faith in a good outcome had disappeared. After more than four hours of play, Djokovic decided the match on his second match point.
The winner first thanked the audience in the Court Philippe-Chatrier and then his team, his family and his coach. “It was a fantastic atmosphere,” he said. Djokovic received the cup from former winners Björn Borg and Jim Courier. The fact that Djokovic is the ultimate all-rounder is evident from the fact that he has now won every grand slam tournament at least twice. In the Open Era (since 1968) no other tennis player could do that.