N. Djokovic vs S. Tsitsipas | Roland-Garros
Men's Singles | Final | 13.06.2021 | Court Philippe-Chatrier
N. Djokovic (1)
S. Tsitsipas (5)
Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE updates of the 2021 French Open final between world number one, Novak Djokovic and No.5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic is hoping to become the first man in the Open era to win all four Grand Slams twice. The Serb won his first Roland Garros crown in 2016 and is the red-hot favourite to add to that solitary success on the red dirt after taking down 13-time champion Rafael Nadal. Can 22-year-old Tsitsipas stop his charge in his maiden Slam final? We’re about to find out. The players are due on court from 14.00 BST.
GAME, SET AND MATCH! – DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 TSITSIPAS. The comeback is complete after a rollercoaster four hours and 11 minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Novak Djokovic nervously serves it out on his second match point from deuce to win his second French Open title and will now get ready to lift La Coupe des Mousquetaires! The Serb looked on the ropes after Set 2 but charged through several gears to completely overwhelm the 22-year-old Greek and deny him a success in his maiden major final. The world number one claims his 19th Grand Slam title and is just one away from equalling Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tied record of 20. He also becomes the first man in the Open era to win all four Grand Slams twice and remains in the hunt for the calendar Slam.
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DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 5-4 TSITSIPAS. Stef leans heavily on his serve to get him over the line with Djoker testing his legs regularly with the drop shot. He dumps a volley into the net for deuce but conjures up a bewitching backhand down the line before Nole lashes just long. The Serbinator will now serve for the title.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 5-3 TSITSIPAS. Djokovic is just one game from the title. He chalks up another love hold as Tsitsipas continues to miscue and fizz long. The Greek will now serve to stay in the hunt.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 4-3 TSITSIPAS. Superb. That’s courage right there. A terribly timed double fault and a loose forehand crosscourt cough up two more break points. Stef saves one with a volley at the net after winning the drop shot face-off to end a blistering rally. He then puts extra fizz on a crosscourt forehand to make deuce. Djokovic tries to lock in but, surprisingly, he’s the one to misfire as he overcooks two forehands in a row to allow Stefanos to stay in touch.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 4-2 TSITSIPAS. The sections of the crowd rooting for Stef roar in delight as he nicks the first point of the game. It’s aimed at trying to energise the NextGen star, but he makes little impression after that. Djoker motors through the next four points with some big serving and a crisp forehand from mid-court to edge within two games of the title.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 3-2 TSITSIPAS. Stefanos keeps his fading dream alive with a hold to 30. It sounds ludicrous to suggest but did Djokovic go passive in Set 2 once he was behind because he fancied himself over five sets? His comments after beating Musetti suggest he is happy to go the distance even after the gruelling battle with Nadal. "I like to play young guys in the best-of-five because even at two sets down, I feel I still have my chances," Djokovic said. "I have won most of my five-setters and that experience helps.”
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 3-1 TSITSIPAS. The No.5 seed looks lost. The unforced errors have been leaking off his racket far too often and he can’t make any impact on the return. A love hold consolidates it for Novak and he’s got one hand on the trophy.
BREAK! – DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 2-1 TSITSIPAS. It looks bleak for Stefanos when Djokovic scampers to the net and somehow digs out the most sublime recovery shot to lead 15-30. The Athenian finds a good serve and follows up with a smart drop shot but Nole nails a return winner and goes on the attack from deuce. The Serb seems to have al of the answers and laughs off a wonder shot from his opponent when a tough backhand clips the baseline. Again, Stef can’t quite fend him off and he fires off court when another precision strike lands too close to his feet.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 1-1 TSITSIPAS. The world number one knows how big the game is and shows his opponent there’s plenty left in his tank with his fastest serve of the contest so far to make 30-0. He then blazes a soft ball wide to give Tsitsipas a glimmer of hope but the Greek can’t apply any heat and we are all square in the fledgling moments of this crucial set.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 0-1 TSITSIPAS. Boy, did he need that! Tsitsipas looks on the verge of being outclassed and a tad lost at 0-30 but an ace down the middle T gives him a timely lift and a barrage of big forehands wrong-foot Djoker twice to help him make deuce from break point down. The serve continues to fire and there are huge cheers from the crowd as the No.5 seed gets out of dodge. He has the scoreboard advantage he desperately craved.
SET! - DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 TSITSIPAS. The world number one sizzles a backhand down the line to claim the set and push us into what seemed like an inevitable decider as far back as when he broke in Set 3! Can Tsitsipas somehow switch the momentum back his way. It’s looking like a tall order….
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 5-2 TSITSIPAS. The Greek is at least keeping his service rhythm ticking over so he’s ready to rock in Set 5. Djokovic will now look to serve out this one.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 5-1 TSITSIPAS. He’s one away. Tsitsipas offers little resistance as he hits a tired backhand into the net. It’s another love hold….
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 4-1 TSITSIPAS. Stefanos gets on the board with a love hold. It’s the calm before the storm of the decider as Djokovic lets go of his laser-like precision and coughs up a surprising error down the line. The Greek finds his serve again to lash down an ace and keep some sort of belief. Djoker will now look to put the final touches to this set before we the one-set shoot-out.
DJOKOVIC 6-7 2-6 6-3 4-0 TSITSIPAS. Fight backs are great but only if there’s a bit of jeopardy about it. When it becomes so one-sided it just feels like more a damp squib. Djoker is barely missing now. He backs up the double break to love.