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Djokovic Wins 2021 French Open

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. (AFP)

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