World No.1 Novak Djokovic went onto the capture his 19th Grand Slam title in Paris yesterday after beating World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the 2021 French Open. The Serb came back from the brink of two sets down to beat the Greek star in five-epic sets.
This was also Djokovic’s second title in Roland Garros, after his maiden triumph in Paris in 2016, when he beat Andy Murray in four sets. Djokovic is now only one Slam behind his arch-rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who sit on 20 each.
After winning yesterday against Tsitsipas, the 35-year-old also became the only player after Rod Laver to win all the Slam at least twice in the Open Era. Moreover, he also shattered plenty of records along the way.
Djokovic shatters many records
Currently, Djokovic is the first player in Open Era to win three Slams with at least one comeback from two sets to love down on his path to title. The first time the Serb came back from a two set deficit to win a Grand Slam was in 2011 US Open. The second instance was in 2015, where Djokovic once again clawed out of a two set deficit. The final one came in yesterday’s final in Paris.
Besides the aforementioned record, Djokovic also won his 84th title on the ATP tour. He only trails Jimmy Connors (109) Federer (103), Nadal (88) and Ivan Lendl (94).
The top-ranked player will now turn his attention to the grass courts of Wimbledon, where he has won the title on five occasions and is also the defending champion. He defeated Federer despite being match points down in the 2019 finals.
Djokovic has chosen the grass courts of the Mallorca Championships to fine-tune his grass game before travelling to the All England Club in London.