Novak Djokovic won his second Roland Garros championship in June, giving him a total of 19 Major titles and securing the second leg of a possible calendar Grand Slam.
In his final four matches in Paris, Djokovic had to fight hard to win, coming back from two sets to love against Lorenzo Musetti and facing three top-10 opponents.
After spending three and a half hours on the court against Matteo Berrettini, Djokovic battled Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas for almost eight hours and defeated both opponents to win his first Paris trophy in over a decade.
Novak said that he normally wins the title on clay after defeating Rafa in the second round, but that was not the case this time because he played another great opponent in the final two days later.
For the 58th occasion, Djokovic and Nadal met, and the Serb won for the 30th time, defeating him 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in four hours and eleven minutes.
After five straight losses to Nadal on the slowest surface, Djokovic was ready to make an extra push and defeat the most fearsome opponent. With 50 winners and 37 unforced errors, the Serb was the more motivated player on the court, scoring eight breaks.
He also stretched Nadal’s backhand to its limits and repressed his opponent’s forehand to build a large lead in the mid-range exchanges and seal the match.
Despite some issues in the second half, the Spaniard built a 5-0 lead in the first and won it 6-3.
In the meantime, Novak rediscovered his strokes and won the second set to put himself back in contention.
Novak Djokovic recalls his Roland Garros campaign
Nadal rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the third set to 5-5 and created a set point in the 12th game that may have been important if he had converted it.
Novak preserved it and collected momentum ahead of the tie break to win it 7-4, never looking back and breaking three times in set four to complete the job and go to the final.
n a match for the title, the Serb trailed Stefanos Tsitsipas two sets to love before turning the tables and won the following three games in style to complete a flawless fortnight and collect the 19th Major trophy.
“It was unbelievable to beat Rafa at his tournament, where he has been a dominant figure throughout his career. I could have felt that the event was over at that moment, but it was not.
“I had to recover and step on the court against Stefanos 40 hours later. The way I won the title was memorable, and it has a double value. I’m super happy,” Novak Djokovic said, as per reports on Tennis World USA.