Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic takes home the 2021 French Open Grand Slam trophy. He defeated Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the final on Sunday (13/6/2021).
Djokovic eventually won the match at Philippe Chatrier Court, Rolland Garros.
His success against Tsitsipas’ serve in the 3rd game of the 5th set paved the way for Djokovic to claim his title this time around. Although Tsitsipas showed his resistance, Djokovic eventually secured his second title at the French Open.
“I played almost 9 hours against 2 brilliant tennis players. It was very difficult for me physically to deal with this situation. but I’m confident in my ability,” said Novak Djokovic, who has eliminated 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
“I would like to thank the coach and physiotherapist, and all who supported me on this journey,” he continued, quoted by the BBC.
It was the 19th Grand Slam title Djokovic had won. He is just one point behind the top-10 winners, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Novak Djokovic also set a record in the 4 hours and 11 minutes.
He became the first tennis player in the professional era to win a Grand Slam twice. Previously, Federer had won only once at the French Open, while Nadal had similar experience at the Australian Open.
Earlier, in 2007 at the US Open he reached a Grand Slam final for the first time, but lost to Roger Federer. He won his first Grand Slam title in 2008 at the Australian Open. In addition, he also became the first Serbian player to win a major singles title.
Novak Djokovic also led his country to the Davis Cup for the first time in December 2010. He also helped Serbia win the ATP Cup in 2020.