Novak Djokovic wrote a new page of history at the Roland Garros 2021. The world number 1 not only won his 19th career Slam, but also became the first player in the Open Era to have won all four Slams at least twice. The Serbian champion has forfeited two wins from two sets down along the way, respectively in the round of 16 against Lorenzo Musetti and in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Thanks to the second triumph in the Parisian fortnight, the 34-years-old from Belgrade was therefore only one length behind the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The latter had to bow to Nole in the semifinals, making up for his third overall defeat in the French Grand Slam.
In his column in the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Toni Nadal said that Djokovic's success in Paris has further intensified the debate on the GOAT. Novak will also be the big favorite at Wimbledon and the US Open, waiting to see if he will play the Olympic Games.
Toni Nadal: "Wimbledon and US Open will be decisive"
Toni said: "We witnessed a beautiful final, the ending of which brought Novak Djokovic significantly closer to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings.
It is clear that everyone is interested in seeing how their race ends. The next two Grand Slams, Wimbledon and the US Open, are likely to be decisive in this regard. I don't want to jump to conclusions, but I am confident that my nephew Rafa can lift at least one of the two trophies."
He also added: "The only thing that could somehow alleviate his disappointment at the semi-final defeat would have been Tsitsipas' victory in the final against Novak. The Greek had started the game very well, but gradually lost his aggression and concentration from the third set onwards.
Djokovic managed the situation well, increased his pace and kept the same intensity until the end." In a press conference after the Roland Garros semi-final, Nadal had questioned his presence at the Championships.