Paris (AP) – Novak Djokovic left the pitch to go to the locker room to chat with himself after losing the first two sets on the last Sunday at Roland Garros.
Some of him feared he was too diminished and exhausted to overcome his deficit against his young and fresh nemesis, Stefanos Tsitsipas. And another part of Djokovic claimed he would.
Which side do you think was right?
With the help of a perfect serve, the determined Djokovic summoned the best of his empire and Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6- in the second championship. I beat him with 4. In the 19th Grand Slam title overall with Roger Federer – one of the men’s record shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“There are always two voices inside. One is to tell yourself that you can’t do it, it’s over, it’s over. This voice was quite strong after this second set. “Djokovic said. “So I thought it was time to say another voice and try to suppress the first voice that I said I couldn’t do. I encouraged him. I started to repeat it strongly in my heart and tried to live it with my whole being. “
After finishing the match with a vault, Djokovic spread his arms, patted his chest, crouched down and touched the red clay of Philippe-Chatrie court. When he became a spectator he handed his racket to the boy at the stand, he said he gave advice all the time.
At the start of the third set, Djokovic was feeling better and playing better.
“After that, I wasn’t too skeptical,” he said.
Yes, his victory has become inevitable from danger. Djokovic hasn’t faced a save point in any of the last three sets.
Djokovic, along with Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, became one of three men to score two wins in each major. As the current Australian Open and French Open champion, he will travel to Wimbledon from June 28. He’s aiming for another unusual achievement. He’s set to join Labor and Don Budge as the only man to have a one-calendar year Grand Slam.
Djokovic, 34, eliminated 13 Roland-Garros champions Nadal. It’s a challenge the Serbs compare to climbing a mountain. Everest – In the semi-finals which lasted over four hours on Friday night.
This is only Nadal’s third loss in 108 majors at Clay Court.
Djokovic also lost in the final of the year after beating Nadal in the 2015 quarter-finals. When Tsitsipas, 22, took the lead over the Djokovic drainage, it looked like the same fate he expected on Sunday.
“It was not easy for me,” said Djokovic, “both physically and mentally.”
But he has finally completed his sixth career comeback after two assists – and his second last week.
Djokovic, who separated 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti by two sets in the fourth round, won the first major title of his professional career after facing two sets of deficits twice during the tournament.
“Suddenly it was cold and I felt sick,” Tsitsipas said. “I felt like I lost a bit in the game.”
It was Tsitsipas’ first major final and 29th for Djokovic, who also won the 2016 French Open, winning nine at the Australian Open, five at Wimbledon and three at the US Open. .
Also important: Djokovic is 35-10 in 5 assists, including 32 major men’s records, but Tsitsipas is 5-5.
“Two sets really don’t mean anything,” said Tsitsipas, who was trying to be the first Greek to win a major tournament.
As temperatures approach 80 degrees Fahrenheit (above 25 degrees Celsius), COVID-19 limits limit attendance to 5,000, or about a third of capacity, to take the lead on a sunny afternoon and refreshing. It took about 100 minutes.
It can be difficult to walk on clay, and both men did the first set of falls.
Djokovic tended to be a spectator after falling with his head near the net post. He said his body felt the effect for about 30 minutes after that. Tsitsipas slipped across the baseline and painted a white shirt and purple shorts with a rust colored surface.
Djokovic changed his top shortly after the spill, but Tsitsipas remained in dirty clothes. After losing the third set, he requested a visit from the coach to help him with his hips tight, as if he had seen the turmoil as a badge of honor. ..
By then, the momentum had changed.
The first set was as tight as possible: Tsitsipas scored 43 points and Djokovic scored 42 points.
Djokovic started the second set with a double fault and a swinging forehand volley, which landed much longer then broke with a savage forehand. Tsitsipas broke again, leading 5-2 on the set, and Djokovic pressed a white towel to his face on the change.
Are you trying to relax? Probably. Are you trying to reset yourself? perhaps.
After the second set, Djokovic took one of the two breaks awarded to each player.
The game has never been the same. Tsitsipas believed Djokovic’s expectations and movements had improved.
“Suddenly I felt like he was able to read my game better,” Tsitsipas said.
Djokovic was the best returner and coercer of his will and won an early break at Saab in each of the 3rd, 4th and 5th sets.
When the sun went down in the evening, shadows spread across the pitch and Djokovic complained to Head Referee Aurélie Torte that the artificial lighting was on, but it was shining at the most important moment. .
It was another match that lasted over four hours, and Djokovic once again fulfilled his mission.
“I really remember the last 48 hours,” he said.
So maybe everyone will.
Howard Fendrich, an AP tennis writer in Washington, contributed to this report.
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Serbian Novak Djokovic embraced the cup after beating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final round of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Sunday June 13, 2021. Djokovic won 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6 -3, 6- 2, 6-4. (AP Photo / Michel Euler)
Novak Djokovic (right) from Serbia and Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece will hold the trophy after the final round of the Roland-Garros tennis tournament in Paris on Sunday June 13, 2021. Djokovic won 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo / Michel Euler)
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas fell on clay as he faced Novak Djokovic in Serbia in the final round of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday June 13, 2021. I will. (AP Photo / Chibo Camu)