Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic 5-set match, 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win The lads’s singles title On the 2021 French Open and his Nineteenth Grand Slam title. In a battle between The mannequin new and previouser durations in males’s tennis, the 34-yr-previous Djokovic and member of The sport’s ‘Huge Three’ pushed off An exact malesace from the 22-yr-previous Tsitsipas And positively one of many extensively touted ‘Subsequent Gen’ recreationrs.
Djokovic continues to cemalest his case as Definitely one of many biggest tennis recreationrs of all-time, and with this title, He is now solely the third males’s tennis participant to win every of the 4 primary touridentifynts A minimal of twice, becoming a member of Rod Laver and Roy Emerson. It is additionally an accomplishmalest that has by no means been achieved by both of his Huge Three rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic defeated Andy Murray for his first French Open trophy again in 2016.
Furtherextra And maybe extra important, Djokovic’s 2021 French Open title places him inside Definitely one of many all-time males’s doc of Grand Slam titles. Presently, Federer and Nadal share a two-method tie, every proudly owning 20. This suggests Djokovic has An alternative To overhaul Federer and Nadal this season, with Wimbledon (June 28-July 11) and the US Open (Aug. 30-Sept. 12) nonetheless left on the 2021 calfinishar.
In current Slams, It is clear Tright here is A mannequin new period of males’s recreationrs knocking On the door — Tsitsipas right here at this yr’s French Open, Dominic Thiem at 2020 US Open and Daniil Medvedev at 2021 Australian Open — however Djokovic’s victory proves the previous guard Isn’t In a place to be dismissed simply but. Opposite to The womales’s recreation, which has seen a quantity of first-time Slam winners In current occasions, collectively with Barbora Krejcikova’s title at this yr’s French Open, The lads’s recreation Continues to be ready to see A mannequin new identify step As a lot As a Outcome of the problem.
Tsitsipas was having fun with in his first primary final wright hereas it wAs a Outcome of the Twenty ninth for Djokovic. Each finalists have been having fun with A pair of of their biggest clay-courtroom tennis this season, and the championship match finally was a extremely aggressive one. Sunday was a rematch of final yr’s French Open semifinal, which was additionally gained by Djokovic in 5 mannequins.
Djokovic rallied from an 0-2 set deficit after dropping The primary-set tiebreaker. Earlier than dropping the tiebreaker, Djokovic had beforehand gained seven consecutive Grand Slam tiebreaks courting again to his 2015 Wimbledon final vs. Federer. The rally from two mannequins down was additionally the sixth time in his profession he has effectively achieved the comeagain, however this was The primary time in his profession he overcame it in A critical final.
Within The primary set, Tsitsipas hit 18 winners and 10 unforced errors and was 6 For six On The internet. Tsitsipas broke Djokovic in The primary recreation of the second set, and stored that tempo, rolling to a 6-2 victory. Djokovic, probably battling fatigue from his 4-hour semifinal match, was lagging behind the brisker and youthful competitor. But, it Did not final prolonged; Djokovic broke Tsitsipas’ serve en Path to a 4-1 lead and eventual 6-3 win. He gained 73 % of his second-serve factors and hit 11 winners To primarytain himself astay and primarytain away from a straight-mannequins sweep. Tsitsipas had 11 unforced errors in the third set.
Within the 4th set, Djokovic dropped solely three factors on serve and made quick work of Tsitsipas 6-2. The fifth set noticed Tsitsipas dig deep To save tons of a break level in his first service recreation, however Djokovic broke two video recreations Afterward his Method to a 3-1 lead. Finally, Djokovic wrapped up the historic comeagain in 4 hours and 11 minutes, taking the deciding set, 6-4.
En Path to the title, Djokovic stopped Rafael Nadal’s bid for a 14th French Open title when he gained an epic semifinal on Friday. It was Nadal’s third loss in 108 profession matches On the clay-courtroom touridentifynt he has dominated his complete profession. Djokovic misplaced to Nadal in straight mannequins in the 2020 French Open final.
Tsitsipas defeated sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev in 5 mannequins in his Friday semifinal match, To Wind up to be The primary Greek participant in historic previous To Obtain a Grand slam final. Regardless of his setagain Sunday, Tsitsipas Continues to be the youngest participant to have defeated all three recreationrs from The big Three.
Tsitsipas accomplished the achievemalest — knocking off every of The big Three — before he was 21 yrs previous; he defeated Nadal in the 2021 Australian Open quarterfinals in 5 mannequins, defeated Federer On the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals in London and defeated Djokovic On the 2019 ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai.
Road to The final:
R1: def. Tennys Sandgren, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
R2: def. Pablo Cuevas, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
R3: def. Ricardas Bperiodnkis, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
R4: def. Lorenzo Musetti, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 (Walkover)
QF: def. No. 9 Matteo Berrettini, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
SF: def. No. 3 Rafael Nadal, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
R1: def. Jeremy Chardy, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-1
R2: def. Pedro Martinez, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
R3: def. No. 31 John Isner, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
R4: def. No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
QF: def. No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
SF: def. No. 6 Alexander Zverev, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3
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