Novak Djokovic said he never had doubts about launching a dramatic fightback from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s French Open final and claim a 19th Grand Slam title and become the first man in 52 years to win all four majors twice.
The world No 1 triumphed 6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 over the Greek 22-year-old who was playing in his first Slam final.
His victory over four hours followed having to also play four hours to beat 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday.
“I have played almost nine hours over the last 48 hours against two great champions, it was really tough physically over the last three days, but I trusted in my capabilities and knew I could do it,” said the 34-year-old Djokovic.
“It was an electric atmosphere. I want to thank everyone who has been with me on this journey.”
Djokovic is now just one Major away from equalling the all-time record of 20, jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Here’s a look at some of the key stats in men’s tennis after Djokovic’s latest triumph:
Most Grand Slam men’s singles titles (all time)
Men who have won every Major more than on once
|Roy Emerson||Rod Laver||Novak Djokovic|
|Australian Open (6)||Australian Open (3)||Australian Open (9)|
|French open (2)|| French open (2)||French open (2)|
|Wimbledon (2)||Wimbledon (4)||Wimbledon (5)|
|Us Open (2)||Us Open (2)||Us Open (3)|
Comebacks from 0-2 in Major finals (Open Era)
|Novak Djokovic d. Stefanos Tsitsipas||2021 Roland Garros||6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4|
|Dominic Thiem d. Alexander Zverev||2020 US Open||2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6)|
|Gaston Gaudio d. Guillermo Coria||2004 Roland Garros||0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6|
|Andre Agassi d. Andrei Medvedev||1999 Roland Garros||1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4|
|Ivan Lendl d. John McEnroe||1984 Roland Garros||3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5|
|Bjorn Borg d. Manuel Orantes||1974 Roland Garros||2-6, 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-1, 6-1|
(With AFP inputs)