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French Open: Djokovic wins 19th Grand Slam, double success for Barbora

World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic of Sabaya defeated fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece to win the French Open men’s singles title. With this, he has won the 19th Grand Slam title of his career. On the other hand, a day after winning the women’s singles title, Czech Republic’s Barbora Kreykova achieved double success on Sunday to clinch the doubles title along with compatriot Katarina Siniakova.

The second seed Czech Republic won the women’s doubles final with a 6-4 6-2 win over 14th seed Poland’s Inga wietek and Bethany Mattek Sandus of America in a match that lasted one hour and 14 minutes.

However, Djokovic defeated Tsitsipas 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the title in a tight match that lasted four hours and 11 minutes.

Djokovic also became the first and third overall in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slams at least twice. Prior to him, former Australian tennis player Roy Emerson and former Australian player Rod Laver had done this feat.

The Serbian had earlier won the French Open title in 2016 by defeating Andy Murray of Britain. This is the second French Open title of Djokovic’s career and with this he has won 19 Grand Slams in his career. Djokovic is now just one step away from the record 20 Grand Slams held by Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Earlier, Tsitsipas gave a tough fight to Djokovic and won the first two 7-6, 6-2. At this time it seemed that the Serbian players would lose this match but the world No. 1 player came back strongly and won the next three sets to win the French Open title.
Djokovic entered the title match at the French Open by defeating 13-time winner Nadal in the semi-finals. Before Djokovic, there have been four players in the Open Era who rallied in the Roland Garros final after falling two sets behind. They were Björn Borg (1974), Ivan Lendl (1984), Andre Agassi (1999), and Gaston Gaudio (2004). The only player to achieve this feat in another Grand Slam in the Open Era was Dominic Thiem, who did so in the final of the US Open last year.

Talking about women’s doubles, this is the third title of Barbora and Katrina together. In 2018, she won her first doubles title here and after that she also became the champion of Wimbledon the very next month.
This is Barbora’s seventh title so far. He is currently the only active player to have won a Grand Slam title in a single season in singles, doubles and mixed categories. Before him, Marie Piusse of France won two titles in a season in 2000.

Barbora defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia to win the women’s singles title. Barbora has become only the seventh female player in history to have won singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros.
The last time before her was in 2016, Serena Williams of America won the women’s singles and doubles title at Wimbledon. With this win, Barbora will become the number one player in the WTA doubles rankings to be released on Monday.

Barbora said, “I am very happy. I am thankful to Katrina who was here with me. Things were easier today than they were yesterday.
He said, I am happy that one more title has been added to our name. We look forward to continuing this performance at Wimbledon and the Olympics. I hope our future is bright.