Stefanos Tsitsipas held a two sets to love lead against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic and looked to be heading to his maiden Grand Slam title.
Djokovic who had pulled off one of the toughest wins on clay with his defeat of 13-time champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, over the first two sets it appeared that this had some impact.
The match got underway and it was Tsitsipas serving, his first point saw him serve a double fault. After a few minutes Djokovic had earned a break point only to see it saved by a Tsitsipas winner.
The Greek player, the first from his country in a Grand Slam final would fire down three Aces to hold.
Djokovic was comfortably holding serve, his first three games to love.
The world no. 1 struck first when he broke his opponent in the 11th game after saving a break point against him in the previous service game.
Tsitsipas took advantage of some unforced errors and stormed back with a break to send the first set into a tiebreak.
The world no. 5 came out firing and raced to a 4-1 lead. Djokovic then won five of the next six points to hold a set point at 6-5. The Greek player then ran off the next three points to take the set.
Tsitsipas used that momentum and broke in the opening game of the second set, he broke again in the seventh game to set himself up to serve for a commanding two sets to nil lead.
Djokovic had a long way to go to be able to stay on track to complete a calendar Grand Slam but he had come back from two sets to nil down against Lorenzo Musetti. Tsitsipas obviously is a step above.
A key moment came in the fourth game of the third set. It was during a game that lasted 11 minutes 23 seconds. Djokovic held five break point, converting the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. Djokovic held to take the set 6-3.
During the changeover before the fourth set, Tsitsipas laid on his back and was stretched out by the trainer, a back injury apparently hindering his movement.
Djokovic was now looking solid and with Tsitsipas now struggling somewhat with the injury the world no. 1 broke in the opening game of the fourth set before holding for a 2-0 lead.
Another long game and another break by Djokovic saw him jump out to a 3-0 lead. That was enough of a buffer to take him to 6-2 as he levelled the match.
Now with everything down to a one set shoot out it was Djokovic that had a look at the first break point opportunity in the opening game. Tsitsipas saved that with a winner.
Djokovic would again have an opportunity in the third game, this time he would convert and then hold to move closer to victory.
Tsitsipas wasn’t given a look at a break point in the final set and he was also now hitting more unforced errors. That gave Djokovic the edge and after four hours and 11 minutes he was the champion.
The final score was 6-7(8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
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The win gave Djokovic at least two titles at all of the Grand Slams and gives him 19 in total, just one behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“I couldn’t be happier and more satisfied with this kind of scenario in the last 48 hours. Probably ranks at the top three all-time achievements and experiences that I had in my professional tennis career.
“Going through a four-and-a-half battle with Rafa on his court, then bouncing back after not practicing yesterday, just coming in today with as much as recharged batteries and energy regained to fight another battle of four-and-a-half hours against Tsitsipas, who is playing in his first Grand Slam final.”
The title sees Djokovic not only on track to claim a calendar Grand Slam, but the Golden Grand Slam with the Olympics to be held in Tokyo after Wimbledon.