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Djokovic Wins French Open; Defeats Tsitsipas in Thrilling Final

With this victory, Novak Djokovic completes a second career Grand Slam as well.

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Novak Djokovic with the French Open trophy. It is his 19th Grand Slam title. 
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World Number 1 Novak Djokovic has won the 2021 French Open title after seeing off Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller. The Serb won the final, his second in Paris, 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in four hours and 11 minutes.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was playing his first Grand Slam final while Djokovic clinched his 19th Grand Slam title.

The win takes Djokovic to within one major title behind the men's record, jointly held by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Djokovic, who previously won the French Open in 2016, became the first man to win all four Grand Slams twice since the fully professional Open era began in 1968.

Exhibiting remarkable temperament, despite losing the first two sets, Djokovic, 34, rallied calmly and won the last three sets against 22-year-old Tsitsipas to walk away with the trophy.

Staging a comeback is not new to Djokovic. Sunday was the sixth time he had rallied from being two sets down, and the first time he has done it in a Grand Slam final.

Djokovic was two sets down against Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round, and then he defeated 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the semi-final match that lasted four sets.

Before Djokovic, there have been four players in the Open Era who had rallied from being two sets down in a Roland Garros final. They were: Bjorn Borg (1974), Ivan Lendl (1984), Andre Agassi (1999), and Gaston Gaudio (2004). The only player to achieve this feat at another Grand Slam in the Open Era was Dominic Thiem, who did it at the US Open final last year.

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