By Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports
The excited crowd at the Court Phillipe-Chatrier, venue of the 2021 final Roland Garros match between Novak Djokovic, 34 and Stefano Tsitsipas, could not have bargained for a more thrilling match as they watched two players described representatives of tennis old and new generations. It was indeed a delight seeing the younger of the titans attempting to make claim to the ear, surging to an early two set lead. But experience took over as Djokovic came from behind to swing the tide, winning the match via a thrilling 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 five setter.
Rightly, many tennis enthusiasts predicted Djokovic to have a herculean task contending with the brilliant 22 year-old Tsitsipas given that he (Djokovic) gave the best of his everything to overcome Rafael Nadal in a gruelliing fours plus semi finals on Friday only to be out in so short a time between to face his final test in the championship. It was a case of scaling his own mount everest with the climb down possibly becoming his nemesis. Tsitsipas, a lesser challenger, who almost prove pundits right after running loose in the first two set. But as Djokovic himself put it, this year is certainly not the first time he would be playing cup finals less than 48 hours after a tiresome femi final match.
“It’s not the first time that I play an epic semi-final in a grand slam and then I have to come back in less than 48 hours and play finals. My recovery abilities have been pretty good throughout my career.”
That certainly was the case as he came back from an early scare from the Greek youngster who is appearing in his maiden major final, to claim his 19th grand slam title. He will now have the opportunity to even it out at 20 titles while defending his Wimbledon title in late June. However, his French Open victory got him one major title closer to the men’s title record held between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. That’s besides making him the first man to win all four Grand Slams twice since the fully professional Open era began in 1968.