Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slam titles at least twice after he won his 2nd Roland Garros title on Sunday. The World No. 1 rallied back from two sets down to beat a spirited Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men's singles final.
PARIS: Novak Djokovic fought back from two sets down to beat Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win the French Open title for the second time on Sunday.
The Serbian world number one increased his Grand Slam tally to 19 titles, and is now one adrift of the men's record held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Tsitsipas recovered from a break down to win the opening set in a tiebreak before he raced through the second set.
But Djokovic was determined to ensure that all the effort he put in to beat 13-time Roland Garros champion Nadal in the semi-finals did not go to waste and he started to assert his authority to win the third set.
Before the start of the fourth set, the 22-year-old Greek requested the trainer to come on court to manipulate and massage his lower back.
But that intervention failed to revive Tsitsipas' fortunes and Djokovic was virtually unchallenged in the fourth set.
The Serb broke decisively for a 2-1 lead in the decider before securing the win in four hours and 11 minutes that made him the first man since tennis turned professional in 1968 to win all four Grand Slams titles at least twice. Agencies
Match Stats Djokovic Tsitsipas
5 Aces 14
3 Double faults 4
68% First serve % 61%
78% Win % on 1st serve 67%
58% Win % on 2nd serve 54%
5/16 Break points 3/8
0 Tiebreaks won 1
70 Receiving points won 40
164 Points won 147
26 Games won 22
5 Max games won in a row 4
7 Max points won in a row 6
94 Service points won 107
21 Service games won 18