Over and over again this season, and really throughout his career, Novak Djokovic has turned on and proved that he can suddenly offer the best tennis at the most important times.
At the Australian Open, he defeated Taylor Fritz in five sets, even though he was less than 100% in the third round. Djokovic also won the ninth title down under.
At the French Open, he returned from the second set and defeated Lorenzomsetti in the fourth round. Two games later, he lost in the first five games against Rafael Nadal, but then recovered and won one of the best sets in tournament history for a four-set victory.
All of them set the stage for a similar play in the final on Sunday. Faced with Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost to Djokovic … as you can imagine … 5 sets in the semifinals last year, and the world’s number one fell into another 2 sets. However, under increasing pressure, he took this opportunity again on one of the biggest stages of tennis, and four hours later 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. I won. 11 minutes.
Djokovic, who won two titles at the French Open, has completed a double-career Grand Slam. Yes, he is the first man in the history of the open era to win all four slams at least twice. His 19th major title lags Nadal and Roger Federer by one.
“Of course, I’m excited and very proud of this achievement,” Djokovic said of the double career slam. “I think part of the history of sports that I truly love is always very exciting and fulfilling for me. In the last 48 hours, I haven’t been able to be more satisfied with this kind of scenario. ..
“(It) is probably ranked among the three best achievements and experiences I have ever had in a professional tennis career. After four and a half years of fighting Rafa on the court, after not practicing yesterday. Bounced off. Today, when the charged battery and energy are restored, I’m here to fight another four and a half hour battle with Tsitsipas. “
For some time, Tsitsipas seemed to get rid of the amazing upset before reaching the four-hour mark. Playing in his first major final, the 22-year-old made the most of his incredible first set and dominated the second set from start to finish.
Later, the rise of Djokovic occurred at the same time as the decline in the shape of Tsitsipas. It was by no means a total collapse, but the Greeks, like many others before him, knew that giving Djokovic the smallest opening was an opening that could not be given. I am.
“What I learned today is that in order for the match to end, we have to win three sets instead of two,” says Tsitsipas. “Two sets don’t really mean anything. There’s only one to win the whole game …
“I hope I can understand why this happened and evolved. But I was trying to understand it during the game. It was hard to come up with anything. Very disappointing. Good opportunity. So I’m just as sad. I was playing well. I felt good. Yes, I lost the opportunity to do better today. “
Still, the 5th place in the world will leave the French Open without regrets.
“I don’t think I regret it. I might have cried easily, but I’ve tried everything and I don’t know why I’m crying. I couldn’t think of anything more.”
Against Djokovic, sometimes-in fact almost always-even your best is not enough.
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