Novak Djokovic writes history as the first player with..



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With six Major finals, you have an excellent chance to become a winner at one of the four most prestigious tennis events. When you reach six finals at a single Major, it's worth a tournament-legend title and a place on the exclusive list in the Open era.

Since 1968, only nine players have reached at least six finals at a single Major, with no one to join them in the next couple of years or even decades. Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg did that first, followed by Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Those six players stood at the top before the 'Big 3' emerged on the scene, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic joining the action to form an exclusive group. Federer became the first player with six finals at three different Majors, and Novak Djokovic bested that result last week at Roland Garros to stand as the only player with at least six title matches at all four Majors!

Already playing in the final of the Australian Open nine times, eight times at the US Open and six times at Wimbledon, Novak added another record to his already impressive tally, securing the 19th Major crown in Paris and moving closer to Federer and Nadal in the GOAT race.

Novak came to Paris after playing in the Rome Open final and winning the title at home in Belgrade. The Serb made a strong start at Roland Garros before facing the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round. A teenager played inspiring tennis to take the opening two sets in the tie breaks before Djokovic took charge and lost 14 points in the rest of the clash before Lorenzo retired in the decider.

Novak Djokovic is the first player with six finals at all four Majors.

In the quarters, Novak stayed on the court for three and a half hours against Matteo Berrettini, losing one set but crossing the finish line to find himself in the semis.

In the ultimate clash and a repeat of the last year's final, Novak took down Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in four hours and 11 minutes, overpowering the king of clay and the 13-time champion to find himself in the title clash for the sixth time.

The first-time Major finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas made a perfect start on Sunday's final, building a 7-6, 6-2 advantage before Novak turned the tables and raised his level to control the scoreboard and win the following three sets for his second Roland Garros title and the 19th Major.