The victory in Paris brings Novak Djokovic closer to the great record of the “white sport” that he still lacks and for which he has been fighting so much. With the title won at Roland Garros 2021, the Serbian tennis player has already accumulated 19 Grand Slams, just one behind the record currently shared by Spanish Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer.
The three remain active and wanting to continue increasing their record, although clearly “Nole” is the best positioned. Djokovic incidentally became the first player in the entire history of tennis, in the Open Era, to win all four Grand Slams at least twice.
In Australia he adds new championships, two in Paris, five on the sacred grass of Wimbledon and three at the US Open. On the outside of him little, he is on his way to being the first, once again, that he wins the 4 “bigs” in the same season.
Already at the beginning of the year he had been crowned in Melbourne Park, within his favorite tournament, and now he will try to continue with that trend in two weeks at the All England Club, and be able to reach the last Grand Slam of 2021 with the possibility of completing the construction site.
In the ranking of the “greatest” won in the men's category, after the Big-3, the American Pete Sampras appears with 14 titles, followed by Roy Emerson (12), Rod Laver (6) and Bjorn Borg (11). These are the top winners in Grand Slams history, with Novak Djokovic getting closer to the top.
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Toni Nadal discusses the Roland Garros semifinal
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." Although the 13-time champion went on to win the first set 6-3, Toni Nadal believes he showed signs of weakness which filled Novak Djokovic with confidence.
"On Friday, something similar happened again," Toni said. "After a first set in which he clearly led 5-0, we began to see, again, some inconsistency in his game. A fact that gave wings to Djokovic, raised hopes in his chances of victory and caused the Serbian to play better and better.
The meeting was not of the highest level," Toni said. "The brilliance of 2011, 2012 and 2013 was on display in some moments that made the public vibrate, but they did not achieve those on other occasions. Novak was uncomfortable and nervous in the beginning, and Rafael was somewhat imprecise."