Novak capturing his 19 Slam and second French Open title with a come from behind victory over Stefanos. Tsitsipas played on despite a family bereavement ,deserves credit for giving his best shot here. Tsitsipas similar to Novak has a great defensive game. Watch the crucial seventh game of the first set 3-3(30-15 to him) and 4-4 deuce.. His long strides allows him to cover court well and he reaches the drop shots from Novak with ease setting up the break break points in the two games. Tsitsipas got the Phillipe-Chatrier on its feet in the tiebreak in which he eventually won with this forehand banger on 4-2.
The second set went much of the way of the first, Stefanos getting to the drop shots and firing forehand winners. His serve was also booming, he notched up 14 Aces in this one to the Serb’s 5 for this final.This time the Greek winning 6-2. Novak’s class took over. After winning a gritty third set 6-3, Djokovic went up a gear. Watch 4-1(30-0)to Novak. Novak seeing Stefanos coming to the net hastily seized the opportunity to fire the forehand straight at him setting up the point win. A fifth deciding set was needed. Watch 3-1 Djokovic Stefanos leading 30-0. The Greek’s dominance of the net was waning as shown by the backhand that lacked all kinds of conviction. There is one highlight that Stefanos sent us home with before going down though. Watch the point of the match, 4-2(40-15) Novak up. Kudos to Novak for court coverage, Tsitsipas turning a losing rally into delight at the end.
Future is definitely bright for the fifth seeded Tsitsipas and only has to find second wind particularly when he loses a third or second set after winning the first. Djokovic on the heels of Rafa and Roger.