Paris: World number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise comeback after two sets on Sunday to beat fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in four hours . 11 minutes and won the French Open title.
It was the top-seeded Serb’s second French Open title and 19th Grand Slam title overall. With this, Djokovic has become the first man to win all four majors twice in the Open Era.
Displaying remarkable flair, despite losing the first two sets, 34-year-old Djokovic rallied calmly and won the trophy by winning the last three sets against 22-year-old Tsitsipas.
It is not new for Djokovic to make a comeback. Sunday was the sixth time he has rallied after being two sets down, and the first time he has done so in a Grand Slam final.
Djokovic was two sets down against Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round, and then defeated 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in a four-set semifinal match.
Before Djokovic, there have been four players in the Open Era who rallied in the Roland Garros final after going down two sets. They were: Björn Borg (1974), Ivan Lendl (1984), André Agassi (1999), and Gaston Gaudio (2004). The only player to achieve this feat in another Grand Slam in the Open Era was Dominic Thiem, who did so in the final of the US Open last year.
With 19 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now just one title short of what his rivals Roger Federer and Nadal have achieved.
Djokovic is the first tennis player to win a career Grand Slam twice in the Open Era, and is halfway to the calendar year Grand Slam.