Novak Djokovic had to come from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, becoming the first man in the open era to win all four majors twice; he now has 19 in total, and the chance of a calendar year grand slam.
- Novak Djokovic comes from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 to win French Open
- Serbian top seed Djokovic claims 19th Grand Slam title
- Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas was appearing in maiden major final
So that brings the curtain down on the French Open. What a remarkable couple of weeks it’s been.
Novak Djokovic comes out as the men’s singles champion after two gruelling victories in three days on his way to a 19th Grand Slam title. He’s now just one behind Roger and Rafa…
But there is plenty more tennis on the way over the next few days.
You can look forward to live text and television coverage from Queen’s, while Heather Watson and Harriet Dart are in action in Birmingham tomorrow too. And then there’s the small matter of Roger Federer getting his grass-court season under way in Halle.
Thanks for following. Until the next time…
Djokovic tips Tsitsipas to win ‘many Grand Slams’
Some more quotes from French Open champion Novak Djokovic, who says: “It’s a dream to be here with great champions like Jim Courier and Bjorn Borg and it’s an honour to be on the stage with these guys who have written the history of our sport. It’s really a pleasure to be here.
“I would like to say a few words to Stefanos. I can relate to what he’s going through and I understand how difficult it is to lose in the final. These are the kind of matches you learn from most and knowing him and his team, he will come out much stronger.
“I definitely believe he will win many Grand Slams in the future so respect to you and your team.
“I would like to send my big regards to all the people in Serbia who have supported me and to everyone who has come out to watch us. It has been an unforgettable few moments for me in my life and my career. I will definitely remember these last 48 hours in my life.”
A few words from Bjorn Borg, who was presenting the trophy: “To see these two great champions and watch these guys is unbelievable.
“Unfortunately tennis is a tough sport, it is only one winner. Perhaps it should be two.
“Roland Garros is a fantastic tournament and I am very happy to be here.”
‘I am inspired by Novak’
“I tried my best,” says Stefanos Tsitsipas, but his speech is almost drowned out by the fifth seed’s adoring fans in the Chatrier crowd.
“I had a good run and am happy with myself, but let’s give it to Novak because he has shown us over the past couple of years what a great champion he is.
“I am inspired by the things he has achieved and I hope one day I can maybe do half of what he has done so far!
“I would like to thank the Greek fans who came, my team who have been constantly backing me up and helping me achieve my dreams, it s a difficult journey and takes a lot of work every day.
“I hope to be back next year and put out a good show again.”