Novak Djokovic Battles Back From Behind To Emerge Roland-Garros Champion.

French Open 2021: 

Serbian star Novak Djokovic put up a sensational fight-back to claim glory in Roland-Garros on Sunday.

Djokovic battles back to defeat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller at the French Open final, and clinched his 19th Grand Slam title.

The fifth seed Tsitsipas '22' seemed on course for a shock victory when he opened up a two-set lead over the world number one at Court Philippe Chatrier.

It was Tsitsipas maiden appearance in a Grand Slam final and becoming the first Greek ever to play at this stage of a major tournament.

Top seed and well experienced Djokovic picked himself up and dusted himself off, and from the third set the comeback was on as a previously dejected Djokovic rediscovered his energy to win 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.

The 34-year-old who previously won at Roland-Garros in 2016, has become the first man in 52-years to win all four Grand Slams titles twice since the fully professional Open era began in 1968.

The last man to register the feat was Australian great Rod Laver in 1969, while Laver's countryman Roy Emerson achieved the landmark two years before him. 

He also became the first man to have come from two sets down twice en route to a Grand Slam title.

Adding to his last Roland-Garros title won in 2016, Djokovic is now just one Grand Slam behind the all-time record men's mark of 20 jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

"It has been an unforgettable few moments for me in my life and my career. I will definitely remember these last 48 hours in my life." Said Djokovic who overcame 13-time French Open king Nadal in an epic semi-final on Friday.

"It was an electric atmosphere. I want to thank my coach and my physio, everyone who has been with me on this journey... He added.

"I have played almost nine hours over the last 48 hours against two great champion.

“Going through a four-and-a-half battle with Rafa on his court, then bouncing back after not practicing yesterday, just coming in today with as much as recharged batteries and energy regained to fight another battle of four-and-a-half hours against Tsitsipas, who is playing in his first Grand Slam final.”

"It was really tough physically over the last three days, but I trusted in my capabilities and knew I could do it."

He also sent a special message for people back home in Serbia, while there were touching scenes as Djokovic handed his racquet to a young fan in the crowd, who could barely contain his excitement at receiving the memento.

The world number one will look forward to equal the 20 titles won by his great rivals Nadal and Federer when attention soon turns to the grass of Wimbledon.

He would hope to defend his Wimbledon crown and win his next next major later this month.

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