SPORTS GIST Tennis HEAT OF THE MOMENT: FRENCH OPEN – NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS HIS 19TH GRAND SLAM TITLE DEFEATING STEFANOS TSITSIPAS IN FIVE SETS By Admin Posted on June 13, 2021 3 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin By Oduola Farouq A. Novak Djokovic completed a stunning comeback to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the Roland Garros final on Sunday, as he wins his second French Open trophy and 19th Grand Slam title. With the win, Djokovic achieved a historic milestone, becoming the first player in the Open Era – and just the third player in history – to win the career Grand Slam twice. The only guys to have won each Grand Slam on two or more occasions are Roy Emerson and Rod Laver. Djokovic, who previously won the Roland Garros title in 2016, now has a total of 19 Grand Slam titles. With the win, he closed the gap on 20-time champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most major men’s singles titles. The World No. 1 began the season by winning his ninth Australian Open championship, and he is on course to complete a calendar Grand Slam by winning his second Grand Slam championship in a row. In 2016, Djokovic became the first guy since Jim Courier in 1992 to accomplish the Melbourne-Paris double, and the third player in history to do it numerous times after Laver and Emerson. After conquering possibly, the toughest test of all, Rafael Nadal, the 13-time winner, in a four-set classic in the semi-final. Tsitsipas raced to a two-set lead in his maiden Grand Slam final match, while Djokovic took a few sets to find his range against him. However, at a crucial stretch early in the third set, the World No. 1 halted his momentum, and the comeback was on. Djokovic became only the sixth player in the Open Era to come back from a two-set deficit in a Grand Slam final, and the first since Gaston Gaudio’s 2004 comeback against Guillermo Coria at Roland Garros.