Rod Laver and Chris Evert congratulate Novak Djokovic on his 2021 French Open win

Tennis greats Rod Laver and Chris Evert laud Djokovic's efforts after the Serb's sensational victory at the 2021 French Open.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic played one of his best Grand Slam finals to beat World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the French Open yesterday. Despite being two sets down, the Serb bounced back to beat the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to claim his 19th Grand slam title. 

Earlier in the semifinals, Djokovic also did the unthinkable by beating the King of Clay Rafael Nadal in four gruelling sets. After his win yesterday, the 34-year-old also became the first men’s player in 52 years to win all four Grand Slam titles twice. A feat which was earlier achieved by legendary Rod Laver.

Not surprisingly, the Australian wasted little time in wishing Djokovic. “Two career Grand Slams and 19 all up- congratulations on a memorable week in Paris and all the best for the grass,” Laver tweeted.

“Never underestimate @DjokerNole just look at his eyeballs” – legendary Chris Evert on mentioned on Twitter.

His success in Paris also saw him destroy many records in the process. Djokovic also became the first man ever to win a Slam title by twice coming back from two sets down in same the tournament.

Golden Slam at stake for Djokovic

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

“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. I want to thank everyone who has been with me on this journey,” Djokovic told reporters after winning his 19th Grand Slam title.

The 34-year-old is also the defending Australian Open champion. He also won Wimbledon in 2019 and will defend the same later in the month at the All England Club. With two Slams already in the bag for the year, Djokovic has a realistic chance of not only winning the Calendar Slam, but also capturing the Golden Slam, if he plays the Tokyo Olympics.  

“Everything is possible. Definitely in my case I can say that what I’ve been through in my career, in my life, this journey has been terrific so far. I’ve achieved some things that a lot of people thought it would be not possible for me to achieve. So everything is possible, and I did put myself in a good position to go for the Golden Slam,” Djokovic explained.

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