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Djokovic Wins French Open, Clinching 19th Grand Slam


Serbia's Novak Djokovic, right, and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece pose with their trophies after their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, June 13, 2021.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Sunday in the French Open final, clinching his 19th Grand Slam win 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

“I want to thank my team, my box, my family, my coach,” Djokovic said after his win, acknowledging that while the game was “physically and mentally very difficult” he knew he was capable of the win.

The five-set match lasted four hours and 11 minutes, as the 34-year-old Djokovic made a comeback from losing the first two sets, in what he called an “electric ambiance” after the match.

After the match, Djokovic gave his winning rocket to a young fan in the stands.

“I found that very cute and very nice,” Djokovic said. “To give the racket to the best person was him. That was my gratitude for him sticking with me and
supporting me.”

Djokovic, currently ranked the No. 1 male player in the world, defeated “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal in the semifinals last week.

Sunday marked the first time the 22-year-old Tsitsipas had made it to a Grand Slam final.