Novak Djokovic brutally snatched a possible victory from Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the clay-court classic. The world number one trailed 0:2 in the first set but managed to win the finals with 6:7 (6:8), 2:6, 6:3, 6:2, 6:4 in the end. It took the Serb 4:11 hours to win his 19th Grand Slam title overall.
Djokovic versus Tsitsipas, the 34 years old against the 22 years old, played on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
After this fantastic match and his second win at the French Open, Djokovic spread his arms and sank briefly to his knees and then shouted out his jubilation. He said: “It’s once again a dream come true. It was really hard today after being behind. I played almost nine hours of tennis in 48 hours against two great champions. Stefanos will win Grand Slams in the future.”
In comparison, Tsitsipas dived under a towel in bitter disappointment after the defeat. Despite a clear lead, the 22-year-old from Athens failed to become his country’s first Grand Slam winner in his first final. Maybe it was his heavy heart that prevented him from winning the match. As we know now, his grandmother, the mother of Tsitsipas’s dad, just passed away a few minutes before the start of the French Open.