Novak Djokovic has once again shown that he has extraordinary qualities. The world number 1 not only put his second Roland Garros title on the board, but it was the way he did it that caused a particular stir. Along his path in the Ville Lumiere, the Serbian phenomenon recovered twice a two-set disadvantage (against Lorenzo Musetti and in the final with Stefanos Tsitsipas), as well as inflicting on Rafael Nadal what was just his third defeat French capital.
His triumph at the French Open also allowed him to become the first player in the Open Era to have won all four Grand Slams at least twice. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will also be the big favorite at Wimbledon and the US Open, nurturing the dream of achieving a Grand Slam that would be almost unreal.
Nole has risen to 19 majors in his career, just one distance away from eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. In an interview granted to L’Equipe, coach Patrick Mouratoglou paid tribute to Djokovic.
Mouratoglou praises to Novak Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic is the best of the three.
I always said it," Patrick Mouratoglou said. "If the three are at the top of their game, he wins. History has told us that. For me, he is the strongest." World No.8 Roger Federer recently registered his first win on grass this season.
The Swiss Maestro defeated Ilya Ivashka in straight sets in the first round of the Halle Open 2021. Federer looked quite confident with his shots and survived two really close sets in the match. The final scoreline of the match was 7(7)-6(4), 7-5.
In the post-match interview, Roger Federer applauded Novak Djokovic for his incredible performance at the French Open 2021. He mentioned that Nole made a terrific comeback against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals and even played amazingly well against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.
“The way Djokovic came back against Tsitsipas was amazing. Even in the SF vs Nadal, there were unbelievable rallies,” said Federer in the interview. Toni Nadal believes his nephew Rafael Nadal's erratic display against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals at Roland Garros paved the way for the Serb to register a historic victory.
"In the final in Rome, which he also played against Djokovic, he continued in the same vein," Toni Nadal said. "After brilliantly winning the first set, Rafael suffered a drop that led to him losing the second set.
Luckily, on that occasion, he was able to reverse the situation and ended up taking the title, giving me great hope for Roland Garros."