Novak Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the Roland Garros final on Sunday. Additionally, completing a stunning comeback to win his second Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy and 19th Grand Slam title.
Djokovic did not have an easy time winning the title this year on Parisian clay. Within 48 hours, he played two back-to-back four-hour and 30-minute matches against Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas, two of the most formidable opponents on clay.
With the win, Djokovic achieved a historic milestone. He becomes the first player in the Open Era – to win the career Grand Slam twice. Also, only the third player in history. The only guys to have won each Grand Slam on two or more occasions are Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.
“Of course, I am thrilled and I’m very proud of this achievement. [Being] part of the history of the sport that I love with all my heart is always something that is very inspiring and very fulfilling for me,” Djokovic said. “I couldn’t be happier and more satisfied with this kind of scenario in the last 48 hours.
Historic win for Novak Djokovic
“[This] probably ranks at the top three all-time achievements and experiences that I had in my professional tennis career: going through a four-and-a-half battle with Rafa on his court, then bouncing back after not practising yesterday, just coming in today with as much as recharged batteries and energy regained to fight another battle of four-and-a-half hours against Tsitsipas.” (Source: atptour.com)
Djokovic, who previously won the Roland Garros title in 2016, now has a total of 19 Grand Slam titles. With the win, he closed the gap on 20-time champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most major men’s singles titles.
Further, Djokovic paid his respects and consoled Stefanos Tsitsipas, who wowed the Chattrier crowd with his incredible performance. He started the final with a double fault but showed no signs of anxiety after that. He easily outclassed Djokovic in key occasions. Moreover, Tsitsipas was broken early in the fifth set, but he refused to give up. Furthermore, pushing Djokovic to his utmost until succumbing.