History was created on June 13, 2021 in the French Open clash between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic bounced back from being two sets down to final in five sets. This was Djokovic’s second title at Roland Garros and it made put him in a list of all-time greats. The win over Tsitsipas made Djokovic the only player in the history of the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam titles twice. Djokovic had won the Australian Open nine times, Wimbledon five and the US Open three times. After winning the French Open in 2016, Djokovic had to wait five years to ensure that he got glory.
Djokovic entered an elite list of players after winning the French Open for the second time. Here are some of the numbers accumulated by Novak Djokovic in his record win at the French Open.
8 – Novak Djokovic became the eighth player in the Open Era to win the French Open two times or more. Rafael Nadal holds the record for the most wins with 13. Rod Laver has also won two French Open titles but one of them came before the Open Era. Djokovic joins Jim Courier, Sergi Bruguera, Jan Kodes, Gustavo Kuerten, Ivan Lendl, Bjorn Borg and Matts Wilander as the others to have won the French Open two times or more. Borg has the next best record with six French Open titles.
2 – The number of times Djokovic has beaten Nadal at the French Open. He is the only person on the planet to have beaten Nadal twice at Roland Garros. Nadal has suffered only three losses in the French Open in his 16-year career, two of them at the hands of Djokovic.
30 – Number of wins for Djokovic in his head-to-head encounters against Nadal. Djokovic won his 30th game against Nadal in the French Open semi-final when he won in four sets. Coincidentally, Djokovic beat Nadal in 2015 at the French Open.
19 – Number of Grand Slam titles for Djokovic after winning the French Open. He has nine Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon, three US Open and two French Open titles. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have 20 Grand Slam titles each.
1 – The first player in the history of the Open Era to have won all four Grand Slam titles twice. Nadal has won the Australian Open only once while Federer clinched the French Open only once in 2009. Rod Laver and Roy Emerson have won four Grand Slams twice but never in the Open Era
6 – This was Djokovic’s sixth win against Stefanos Tsitsipas in eight encounters. In the beginning, Tsitsipas had a 2-1 head-to-head record against Djokovic but the Serb has now managed to win five consecutive encounters against the Greek player.
35 – This was the 35th time that Djokovic had won the fifth set out of 45 attempts. In the 2019 Wimbledon final, he beat Federer in an epic final that went to the super tiebreaker. This was the sixth time that he won a Grand Slam title in the fifth set. In fact, he has won all four Grand Slam titles at least once by going into the fifth set.
2 – Number of titles Djokovic has won in a calendar year in 2021. He has matched his tally of 2016 in which he won both the Australian and French Open. If he wins Wimbledon, then he will match his best tally of three in 2015 where he won the Australian, Wimbledon and US Open.
323 – Number of weeks Djokovic has been the world number one. This is the longest any player has been in the Open Era. In March, he beat Federer’s mark of 311 weeks as No.1 and is now set for more records in the coming months and years.