Paris: World number 1 tennis star Novak Djokovic has crowned as a winner of the French Open title. The Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas gave a tremendous fight but Djokovic made history by making a comeback at the last minute. Djokovic won the final match against Tsitsipas with a scoreline of 6–7, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, and 6–4 in the final that lasted almost four hours.
Djokovic said in his post-match media conference, “To be honest, I was never really vocal when I speak to myself. I keep those internal conversations internally in my head. There is always two voices inside: one is telling you that you cannot do it, that it is done, it is finished. That voice was pretty strong after that second set.”
The 34-year-old Serbian player said, “I felt that that was a time for me to actually vocalize the other voice and try to suppress the first one that was saying I cannot make it. I told myself I can do it and encouraged myself. I strongly started to repeat that inside of my mind, and tried to live it with my entire being.”
The 19-Grand Slam men’s singles titles and 84 ATP singles titles winner said, “This probably ranks at the top three all-time achievements and experiences that I have had in my professional tennis career: going through a four-and-a-half-hour battle with Rafa Nadal on his court, then bouncing back after not practicing yesterday, just coming in today with as much as recharged batteries and energy regained to fight another battle of four-and-a-half hours against Tsitsipas.”
He said that slowly he got into his groove and started playing well. Once I started playing in that third set, especially in the first few games, I saw where my game was at, it kind of supported that second voice that was more positive, more encouraging. After that, there was not much of a doubt for me.
Djokovic is the only player in the Era to win every Grand Slam title at least twice in his career.
He added, “Of course, I am thrilled and very proud of this achievement. Being part of the history of the sport that I love with all my heart is always something that is very inspiring and very fulfilling for me.”