August 3, 2021

French Open: Djokovic triumphs in Paris

Status: 13.06.2021 7:11 p.m.

Novak Djokovic won his 19th victory in a major tournament at the French Open in Paris. In the final he beat the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets.

Tennis musketeer Novak Djokovic fought his way to the second French Open triumph with a big catch-up and after the 19th Grand Slam title is chasing the record winners Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal more than ever. Against final debutant Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, the world number one turned a 0: 2 set deficit on Sunday (13.06.2021) and still won 6: 7 (6: 8), 2: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4. After 4:11 hours he converted his second match point.

“It was once again a dream come true,” said Djokovic: “It was really difficult today after falling behind. I played tennis for almost nine hours in 48 hours against two great champions. Stefanos will definitely win Grand Slams in the future.” Tsitsipas said in tears: “It was a great fight and I tried everything.”

For the second time after 2016, the 34-year-old Serb received the Coupe des Mousquetaires and is only the third player, after the legendary Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to have triumphed at least twice in all four Grand Slam tournaments. Even at the classic lawn at Wimbledon, Djokovic could catch up with his long-term rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in four weeks. With a total of 20 successes, both are record winners at the four most important tournaments in the world.

No palpation on Center Court

Djokovic had denied the sand court king Nadal the 14th success in a grandiose semi-final at the Stade Roland Garros on Friday evening. Tsitsipas missed his biggest triumph to date after defeating Alexander Zverev.

Tsitsipas showed no nervousness from the start in the eighth match against Djokovic, while the favorite did not seem tired after his terrific semi-final success over record winner Nadal despite the epic four-hour match on Friday evening. There was no palpation on the Philippe Chatrier Court under a clear blue sky.

Fearless Greek

Stefanos Tsitsipas in the duel against Novak Djokovic

Bild: Getty Images

The 5,000 admitted spectators were immediately offered a lot of speed and high-class rallies. As in the semi-finals last year and most recently in Rome, the aggressive Tsitsipas turned out to be an extremely unpleasant opponent and fearless opponent. After the one-hour first set with chances for both, he immediately took the serve again from Djokovic.

The number one in the world was now looking for a faster decision in the rallies, by no means always with success. Tsitsipas still ran many good stops and passed the ball past the confused Djokovic. The fifth in the world rankings, who is a good eleven years younger, also easily took the second set.

Tsitsipas needs to be massaged

But Djokovic used a short period of weakness afterwards to break and shortened the deficit by using all the remaining strength. Tsitsipas took off his white shirt, which had been colored by the red sand after a fall, and had himself massaged before the fourth set.

Nevertheless, the 22-year-old was quickly 4-0 down and, like against Zverev, had to go into the fifth set, in which the shadow fell over the place. The break to 2: 1 was ultimately the groundbreaking moment in favor of the more constant Djokovic, who was still able to cheer after four hours.