Novak Djokovic says, ‘I knew I could do it’ on setting 52-year Grand Slam landmark

The 19 times Grand Slam Champion, Novak Djokovic said he never questioned himself that he could launch a dramatic fightback from two sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open 2021 final along with claiming 19th Grand Slam title and became the first player in 52 years to win all fours, majors, twice. He claimed the victory by 6-7(6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 over Stefanos who was playing in his first Grand Slam final.

His victory over four hours followed having to also play four hours to beat the 13-time champion, Rafael Nadal, in the semi-finals on Friday. Novak said, “I have played almost nine hours over the last 48 hours against two great champions, it was tough physically over the last three days, but I trusted in my capabilities and knew I could do it. It was an electric atmosphere. I want to thank everyone who has been with me on this journey.”

Novak now equals the record of 20, jointly held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It was a second French Open crown for Djokovic after his victory in 2016 and adds to his nine Australian Opens, five Wimbledon titles and three at the US Open. Lastly, he appreciated Stefanos by saying, “I would like to say a few words to Stefanos. I can relate to what he’s going through and I understand how difficult is to lose in the final.” As Novak has lost three finals against Nadal and one against Stan Wawrinka in Paris. He further stated, “Stefanos will come out stronger and will win Grand Slams in future.”

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