Home SPORTS GIST HEAT OF THE MOMENT: FRENCH OPEN – NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS HIS 19TH GRAND SLAM TITLE DEFEATING STEFANOS TSITSIPAS IN FIVE SETS

HEAT OF THE MOMENT: FRENCH OPEN – NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS HIS 19TH GRAND SLAM TITLE DEFEATING STEFANOS TSITSIPAS IN FIVE SETS

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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.

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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.

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