Novak Djokovic claimed a 19th Grand Slam title and became the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice when he came from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a gripping Roland Garros final on Sunday.
The world No 1 triumphed 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 over the Greek 22-year-old who was playing in his first Slam final.
Djokovic is now just one major away from equalling the all-time record of 20, jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
It was a second Roland Garros crown for Djokovic after his 2016 victory and adds to his nine Australian Opens, five Wimbledon titles and three at the US Open.
The 34-year-old is the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Slams on multiple occasions and just the third in history.
Djokovic had also spent more than four hours on court on Friday to knock out defending champion Rafael Nadal.
“It was an electric atmosphere. I want to thank everyone who has been with me on this journey,” said Djokovic after the four-hour 11-minute final.
“I have played almost nine hours over the last 48 hours against two great champions, it was really tough physically over the last three days, but I trusted in my capabilities and knew I could do it.”
Djokovic is the first man ever to win a Slam title by twice coming back from two sets down in same the tournament.
“I can relate to what Stefanos is going through but he will come back stronger and win many Grand Slams.”
Djokovic now has 84 career titles in total while Sunday’s win pushed him to the brink of $150 million in prize money.
“I had good run here so I am happy with myself,” said Tsitsipas.
“Novak has shown what a great champion he is and I hope one day have half of what he has achieved.
“I tried my best. I had a good run and I’m happy with myself.”
Tsitsipas survived a nervy opening service game, having to save two break points.
Djokovic, by contrast, didn’t concede a point in his first three service games.
But suddenly he faced a set point in the 10th game courtesy of an ugly shank but saved it after a 26-shot rally. (Reuters)
JUST IN: Osaka Withdraws From Wimbledon
Japanese star Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon, her agent confirmed Thursday, weeks after the world number two pulled out of the French Open citing her struggle with depression and anxiety.
“Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,” Osaka’s agent Stuart Duguid said in an email to AFP. “She is taking some personal time with friends and family.
“She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”
On Wednesday, Wimbledon organisers said the 23-year-old four-time Grand Slam champion was expected to take part in the championships, which start on June 28.
“At this point in time she’s entered into the championships and we haven’t received confirmation that she won’t compete,” All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton said.
Osaka has been in the spotlight since withdrawing from the French Open.
She was fined $15,000 and threatened with disqualification from Roland Garros after she refused to honour mandatory media commitments.
French Open organisers protested that they had treated her with “care and respect” after they were accused of being heavy-handed.
Osaka lost in the third round of Wimbledon in 2017 and 2018 and bowed out in the first round in 2019. Last year’s tournament was cancelled due to coronavirus.
Earlier Thursday, two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal also announced he would be skipping this year’s tournament as well as the Olympics in order “to prolong my career”.
Wimbledon is the second tournament Osaka has withdrawn from since abandoning her French Open campaign after one match.
She also withdrew from a WTA tournament in Berlin following Roland Garros. (AFP)
JUST IN: Djokovic Pip Nadal To Book French Open Final Place
Novak Djokovic defeated the King of clay, Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in over four hours to qualify for the 2021 French Open final, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
Nadal was aiming for a record 14th title but Djokovic showed resilience to deny the clay master.
Djokovic will battle it out with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday.
Djokovic revealed that he was at his best to pull off an incredible win against Rafael Nadal.
“To win against Rafa on this court you have to play your best tennis, and tonight I played my best tennis,”
“It’s hard to find the words to sum up how I feel. You tell yourself there is no pressure but there is. Pressure is a privilege – to test my game and my character in matches like this.”
JUST IN: Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Another Tennis Tournament
Tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka has pulled out of Berlin WTA 5000 grass-court tournament on Monday the organizers have confirmed, Sportivation.com.ng reports.
The 23-year-old pulled out of the ongoing French Open after she refused to attend press conferences citing mental health issues and it is unclear when she would be back on the court again.
According to the statement from the organizers.
“We have received notification Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin. After consulting her management, she will take a break,” Berlin event organizers said in a statement ahead of the tournament, which begins on June 14.
There are fears that Naomi Osaka may not participate in the Wimbledon Open which starts on June 28 and the Tokyo Olympics.
Osaka released a statement on Saturday to appreciate her fans for their support after she opted out of the French Open.
“Just want to thank you for all the love,” Osaka wrote in an Instagram story. “Haven’t been on my phone much but I wanted to hop on here and tell you all that I really appreciate it.”
After the World no. 2 announced her withdrawal from the tournament, The WTA also released a statement to assure of their support towards the mental well-being of Tennis players.
“Mental health and awareness around it is one of the highest priorities to the WTA,” the tour said. “We have invested significant resources, staffing and educational tools in this area for the past 20-plus years and continue to develop our mental health support system for the betterment of the athletes and the organization. We remain here to support and assist Naomi in any way possible and we hope to see her back on the court soon.”
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