If things fall in place and Novak Djokovic wins this year’s French Open then he would be making a new record. If the world No. 1 tennis player can win on Sunday against Stefano Tsitsipas, he will be breaking the record of winning all the four Grand Slam titles twice. He would be the first man in 52 years to stand at that level.
Victory for the Serb will take him alongside Roy Emerson and Rod Laver– the only men to win the four majors more than once. It’s an achievement that Nadal and Roger Federer are yet to set their eyes on. It is that rare an accomplishment that it hasn’t happened since 1969 when Laver completed his second calendar Grand Slam.
Djokovic insists there will be no letdown physically or emotionally after reaching the final in Paris for a sixth time with an epic triumph over 13-time champion Nadal.
“It’s not the first time that I play an epic semi-final in a Grand Slam and then I have to come back in less than 48 hours and play finals,” said the 34-year-old.
“My recovery abilities have been pretty good throughout my career.”
World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal in four sets to make it to the finals of the French Open. The 34 year old Serb defeated Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2. The match lasted over 4 hours. The epic battle lasted for 4 hours and 11 minutes, to be precise, with Djokovic bringing an end to Nadal’s reign at Roland Garros. He will play Stefanos Tsitsipas who defeated Alexander Zeverv in a five-set thriller.
After the loss, a heartbroken Nadal admitted that he gave in his best, but one has to accept that ‘sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose.’ “But if you want to win, you can’t make these mistakes. So that’s it. Well done for him. [It was] a good fight out there. I tried my best, and today was not my day,” Nadal said.