World number one Novak Djokovic after losing the first two sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas roared back defeating Tsitsipas 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in French Open final to claim his 19th Grand Slam title and second Roland Garros crown.

Tsitsipas, who was playing in his first grand slam final, won the first set on a tie-breaker and then broke Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the next set.

With Djokovic two sets down, produced another classic recovery as Tsitsipas faded in stark contrast to his opponent’s incredible resurgence as the No 1 seed took the third set 6-3.

The turning point came in the fourth game of the third set. Tsitsipas played courageously to save the first four break points he faced in the game, but he missed a backhand wide on Djokovic’s fifth break chance to give the top seed the lead in the set, and he never let slip the momentum.

In the fourth set, the Serbian dominated on serve to keep the pressure on the Greek. He lost only three service points in the set. Tsitsipas did not make as many unforced errors, but that was due in large part to the World No. 1 controlling the action. After securing an early break, Djokovic earned a second for security with a perfect drop shot and he closed out the set without an issue to force a decider as shadows crept over Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Tsitsipas found some resistance early in the deciding set, with the time ticking past the four-hour mark, Tsitsipas dug in and forced Djokovic to serve out. Tsitsipas saved one match point with a daring winner but Djokovic took the second with an overhead smash.

Djokovic is now just one Grand Slam title behind his great rivals, Roger Federer and Nadal, with his tally now at 19.

Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to win 19th Grand Slam Title


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