Comeback king Novak Djokovic stuns Stefanos Tsitsipas to land second French Open crown

Novak Djokovic produced a sensational turnaround from two sets down to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 and claim his second French Open title in a thrilling final at Roland Garros.

The world number one – also champion in Paris in 2016 – demonstrated trademark resilience and determination after recovering to become the first male player of the modern era to complete a double Career Grand Slam.

It also took the Serbian’s major tally to 19; moving him to within one of the record shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Meanwhile Djokovic, who also triumphed in Australia four months ago, remains on course for the Golden Slam, with Wimbledon, the Olympics and US Open still to come in 2021.

The first Greek to appear in a Grand Slam final, Tsitsipas held his own during a tense opening set that was neck and neck before eventually advancing to a tie-break; serving seven aces along the way.

There, despite seeing an early lead fade and facing set point, the fifth seed rescued the scenario and drew first blood 8-6.

Seeking a third triumph on clay this season having already triumphed in Monte Carlo and Lyon, the 22-year-old built on his momentum.

Hitting 13 points from 15 on his powerful first serve and committing just two unforced errors, he broke twice on the way to clinching the second set 6-2.

Djokovic, who came through an epic semi-final with 13-time champion Nadal less than 48 hours earlier, had never won a Grand Slam showpiece from losing the opener.

Although, he did have fresh memories of his turnaround from two down against Lorenzo Musetti in round four of this event to fall back on.

The six-time Roland Garros finalist looked rejuvenated in the third with a crucial break at the fifth attempt in game four proving crucial as he saw it out 6-3 to close the gap.

Djokovic had tightened up and taken his number of unforced errors down into single figures against Tsitsipas, who appeared to be struggling with a hip problem as the fourth set ensued.

The Serb began to stamp his authority on proceedings with back-to-back breaks on the way to taking it 6-2 and forcing another decider for his opponent, who withstood Alexander Zverev’s fightback from two sets down in the semis.

But seeing his moment slipping through his fingers, the Greek’s fatigue and frustration was evident as Djokovic secured what proved to be a vital break in the third.

The fifth set remained on serve with Tsitsipas, who hit 14 aces during the match, keeping his faint hopes alive at 5-4 behind.

However, there was to be no denying Djokovic as he served out victory in the next to bring the curtain down on a fabulous fortnight at Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will square off in the final of the 2021 French Open today at 14.00pm (UK Time).

Novak Djokovic produced his best ever performance at Roland Garros in his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal. He recovered from an awful start (0-5 in the first set) to deliver one of most memorable wins of his career against the Spaniard. It was Nole’s second victory over Rafael Nadal on Parisian clay and he is now bidding to become the first male in the Open Era to have won all Slams at least twice. Nole has won 14 of his last 15 matches on clay and has dropped just five sets in his most recent ten outings.

Meanwhile, Stefanos Tsistsipas has had an excellent start against Alexander Zverev by taking the first two sets, but then he wasted it and allowed the German to level the score. However, Stefanos managed to regain his focus and clinched the match in the final set to become the first Greek to reach the final of a Grand Slam. Tsitsipas fully deserves his place in the final as he has been one of the best performers on clay over the past two months.

After Nole’s display in the semifinals, he should be able to lift the trophy here, but we want fancy Over 3.5 sets at the price of 67/100 with Bet365.

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Barbora Krejcikova takes on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of the French Open 20201 today at 14.00pm (UK Time).

Barbora Krejcikova has won 13 of her last 15 matches on clay surfaces and she is now on an eleven-match winning streak. The Czech did well to save a match point to defeat Maria Sakkari in the semifinals (7-5, 4-6, 9-7), which was the longest Open Era women’s semifinal in RG history. Prior to this match, Barbora has won four consecutive matches in straight sets against some impressive names such as Alexandrova, Svitolina, Stephens and Gauff.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is finally in a Grand Slam final despite the fact she hit rock bottom in recent years. The Russian has played amazing tennis on clay over the past two months, having won ten of her twelve matches on this surface. She has dropped just three sets here in Paris this fortnight, but got a clean win against Tamara Zidansek in the semifinals. It’s also worthy to mention that Pavlyuchenkova has never played a final above WTA 500, but she did well to convert her 20 career finals into 12 titles.

Barbora Krejcikova looks to be more versatile than Pavlyuchenkova and this makes us backing the  Czech to lift the trophy today at the price of 4/5 with Bet365.

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Novak Djokovic booked his place in a sixth French Open final after ending Rafael Nadal’s 33-match victorious streak at Roland Garros by prevailing 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-2 in an epic four-hour battle.

Djokovic had lost seven of his eight previous showdowns at this tournament against 13-time winner Nadal, who was eyeing a fifth successive title at the place where he had never lost in the semi-finals.

And the omens looked worse for the world number one as he was outclassed in the first set; given the Spaniard was yet to taste defeat here after winning the opener.

However, a cocktail of lethal returns and backhands proved instrumental as he turned things around before securing a memorable victory in the 58th meeting between the highly decorated duo.

Djokovic sets up a final showdown with Stefanos Tsitsipas, who became the first Greek player to reach a Slam showpiece after seeing off Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller.

Aiming to claim a record-breaking 21st major crown, Nadal was appearing in his 14th Roland Garros semi-final.

The Spaniard made the best possible start; breaking twice to open a commanding 5-0 advantage and although Djokovic reduced the arrears to 5-3, he eventually saw it out to draw first blood.

Looking to become the first player to beat Nadal from a set down in this event, the Serb hit back in the second with a crucial break in game six paving the way for him to level.

A 93-minute-long third set ensued with the pendulum swinging one way then the next as Djokovic was pegged back to 6-6 from 5-3 up.

Nevertheless, the top seed held his nerve to claim the tie-break 7-4 much to the delight of the Roland Garros crowd, for whom the traditional 11pm curfew was extended by the French authorities to enable them to observe the remainder of a thrilling contest.

A break in the sixth did the trick for Djokovic once more in set four, as he subsequently closed out the next two games to inflict only a third-ever defeat on Nadal in Paris.

Seeking a second title, the 2016 champion now finds himself one victory away from becoming the first male player in the Open era to achieve a double Career Grand Slam.

Standing in his way is fifth seed Tsitsipas, who withstood Zverev’s fightback to prevail 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 in another epic encounter.

The Greek ace has enjoyed an impressive clay-court season; triumphing in Monte Carlo and Lyon while finishing runner-up to Nadal at the Barcelona Open.

This was his second successive semi-final at Roland Garros following a straight-sets victory over second seed Daniil Medvedev in the last eight.

He made the ideal start; breaking in the second game on the way to taking the opening set 6-3.

That ended a run of 15 consecutive sets for Zverev, who had never beaten Tsitsipas after losing the opener.

The first German to appear in the men’s singles semi-finals here since Michael Stich in 1996, he broke early in the second set on the way to a 3-0 advantage.

But the Greek fired back with six games in succession to double his lead.

Despite the deficit and still searching for his first Slam victory over a top-10 player, Zverev was not panicking.

After all, the German recovered from two sets down in his US Open semi-final win over Pablo Carreno Busta back in September.

And he hit back with a vengeance; twice breaking early on to take the next two sets 6-4.

Zverev certainly had the momentum heading into the deciding set, with Tsitsipas saving three break points to hold in the opening game.

Although, that seemed to inspire the former Tour Finals champion, who subsequently broke in the fourth game before holding serve to see out a dramatic victory.

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Friday, June 11

Semi-Finals

Court Philippe Chatrier

Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 Alexander Zverev
Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 Rafael Nadal

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Novak Djokovic will take on rival Rafael Nadal in the Semi-Finals of the 2021 French Open from 5.30pm BST on Friday.

Djokovic’s camp really wanted their player to meet Nadal in the Semi-Finals as they believe the number one seed would play much better against the Spaniard at this stage of the competition than in the final. This makes complete sense as three of Djokovic’s last four defeats in championship matches in Paris came at the hands of Nadal. Novak is currently on a nine-match winning streak on clay and has dropped just five sets in the process. The Serb kicked off his French Open 2021 campaign with three consecutive 3-0 victories, but then dropped three sets in his most recent two matches against the Italians Musetti and Berrettini.

Meanwhile, Nadal has won 18 of his last 20 matches on the clay surface. During this run, Rafa has won titles in Barcelona and Rome and also reached the quarterfinals in Rome. At Roland Garros, Rafa secured four consecutive straight-set wins before dropping a set against Diego Schwartzman in the Quarter-Finals. Nadal has only lost two completed matches on Parisian clay in his last 16 appearances and he has conceded only four sets since 2015.

Once again, we expect a fierce battle between these two giants, so our prediction is Over 3.5 sets at the price of 14/25 with Bet365.

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Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will square off in the first semifinal of the French Open 2021 today 13.50pm (UK Time).

Zverev had an easy route to the Semifinals as he faced two outside top-100 players in the shape of Oscar Otte and Roman Safiullin, as well as three outside top-40 opponents in Laslo Djere, Kei Nishikori and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The German has won 12 of his last 13 matches on clay, including back-to-back wins over Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal in Madrid. During his run, Zverev managed to lift the trophy in  Madrid and to reach the Quarter-Finals in Rome.

Tsitsipas has played 24 matches on clay this season and has only lost three in the process. He is the most in-form player on the red dirt and he looked very convincing in his previous two matches at Roland Garros against Pablo Carreno-Busta and Daniil Medvedev. The Greek has won titles in Monte Carlo and Lyon prior to the French Open 2021. This is Tsitsipas’ best chance of reaching a Grand Slam final, considering that he had to play against Rafael Nadal in the Semi-Finals of the Australian Open 2019 and Novak Djokovic in the semis of the French Open 2020.

Tsitsipas has won five of his last six meetings with Zverev and he is the bookies’ favourite in this one. However, we expect a close contest between these two and we fancy Over 3.5 Sets at the price of 3/5 with Bet365.

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As we reach the Semi-Final stage at the 2021 French Open, we examine how the last four men standing at Roland Garros compare from a statistical perspective.

With four of the world’s top six players remaining, we can expect action of the highest quality during the latter stages of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev complete the mouth-watering line-up.

Each player has won five matches to make it to this stage while, between them, they have dropped just seven sets so far.

But how do their stats compare? Let’s take a closer look.

Novak Djokovic

The world number one has looked typically impressive during his run to a 40th Grand Slam semi-final; dropping just three sets along the way.

Djokovic has generally asserted his authority on the five matches so far, while boasting a strong service game.

Indeed, the Serb has served 40 aces – including double figures in three of his matches – and committed just 11 double faults.

Those are the best tallies of the four semi-finalists, as is his percentage of break points won (63 per cent) – including nine out of nine in his fourth-round victory over Lorenzo Musetti – and winners hit (192).

Meanwhile, he has only been broken on three occasions all tournament; something that will certainly stand him in good stead heading into the last four.

Rafael Nadal

The 13-time champion is into his 14th French Open semi-final, and has never lost from this point onwards at Roland Garros.

Nadal has only dropped a single set; doing so in his quarter-final win over Diego Schwartzman for the first time since the 2019 final.

But of the semi-finalists, the Spaniard ranks no higher than third across the key in-depth statistics.

Indeed, he has served the least aces with 23, and struck the fewest winners with a total of 165.

Although, those numbers will not matter too much to Nadal, providing the week ends with him lifting a 14th title.

Rafa Nadal is the defending men’s champion (Photo by Zabulon Laurent/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsitsipas is aiming to become the first Greek player in history to win a Slam.

The fifth seed, who has dropped just a single set, has been generally clinical on the way to reaching the last four at Roland Garros for a second year running.

Indeed, he has made the fewest unforced errors with 115, while his tally of 190 winners is just two behind that of Djokovic.

The 22-year-old may have won the fewest break points with 24 from 59, but he has only been broken himself nine times in five matches.

Alexander Zverev

The German was given a huge scare in round one as he trailed compatriot Oscar Otte by two sets to love.

But Zverev has not looked back since; reeling off 15 without reply on the way to a third Grand Slam semi-final.

The sixth seed – and lowest remaining of the four players – has been broken the most times (14), while making the most unforced errors with 143.

However, his 15 aces against round-two opponent Roman Safiullin is the highest amount that any of the semi-finalists has recorded in a single match so far.

Zverev has also won the most break points with 36, and must maintain those levels if he is to land a maiden Slam.

Barbora Krejcikova will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the 2021 French Open final after prevailing in an epic three-hour battle with Maria Sakkari 7-5 4-6 9-7 at Roland Garros.

Appearing in just her fifth Slam singles main draw, world number 33 Krejcikova was in danger at 5-3 down in the deciding set, but rescued a match point to prolong the dramatic battle.

Then despite seeing five match points of her own go begging, the Czech held her nerve to move one win away from becoming the first female singles champion from her nation at Roland Garros since Martina Navratilova in 1984.

Krejcikova, who also appears alongside Katerina Siniakova in the semi-finals of the women’s doubles on Friday, remains on course to complete a double in Paris for the first time since home favourite Mary Pierce achieved the feat in 2000.

It was a day of firsts for the semi-finalists; all of whom were making their maiden appearances in the last four of a Slam.

Despite trailing 3-1 in the opening set after the first three games went against the serve, Krejcikova bounced back by winning six of the next eight to land the first blow of the contest.

Sakkari, who defeated 2020 finalists Iga Swiatek and Sofia Kenin in her previous two matches, also made the early running in the second set, but this time saw it out 6-4 to set up a decider.

Aiming to become the first Slam winner from Greece, the 17th seed broke early once more and moved to the brink of victory at 5-3 up.

But Krejcikova – a doubles champion here in 2018 – saved a match point and broke in the 10th to get back on serve at 5-5.

It was neck and neck as the next four games were shared with Sakkari saving five match points along the way.

However, it was sixth time lucky for the Czech, who wrapped up victory with a sweeping forehand after just over three-and-a-quarter hours.

Standing in her way of a maiden singles title is Pavlyuchenkova, who overcame Tamara Zidansek in straight sets 7-5 6-3.

The 29-year-old is now just one victory away from becoming the oldest first-time Slam winner of the Open era.

The 31st seed, who climbs back into the world’s top 20 as a result, combated her opponent’s powerful forehand as she took a closely fought opening set.

An early break in the second then saw the 12-time ATP title winner establish authority on proceedings, pulling clear at 4-1.

Thereon, the Russian held her nerve to seal the deal and remain on course to become the first Slam winner from her nation since Maria Sharapova’s Roland Garros triumph in 2014.

Earlier in the day, America’s Desirae Krawcyzk and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain claimed the mixed doubles title after beating the Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev in a tie-break.

Despite a slow start that saw them losing the opening set 6-2, Krawczyk and Salisbury responded well to take the second 6-4 before dominating the decider 10-5.

A maiden Slam for Krawczyk, while Salisbury became the first British player to triumph in the French Open doubles since John Lloyd claimed the title alongside Wendy Turnbull in 1982.

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French Open 2021 Results

Thursday, June 10

Court Philippe Chatrier

Mixed Doubles Final

Desirae Krawczyk/Joe Salisbury 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 Elena Vesnina/Aslan Karatsev

Women’s Singles Semi-Finals

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-3 Tamara Zidansek
Barbora Krejcikova 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 Maria Sakkari

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Maria Sakkari will take on unseeded Barbora Krejcikova on Thursday at 15.30pm (UK Time) for the second semifinal of the French Open 2021.

Maria Sakkari is the highest-ranked player left on the women’s side. The Greek has struggled for results prior to the French Open 2021, but she has been a completely different player on the Parisian clay. She had to play against two accessible opponents in the opening rounds in the shape of Zavatska and Paolini, but leveled up her game in the most recent three matches. She needed three sets against Elise Mertens in the third round, but then bounced back with two splendid straight-set victories against Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek.

Meanwhile, Barbora Krejcikova is a proficient double player, but she proved her skills on singles recently. The Czech has won the title in Strasbourg towards the end of May and followed this up with five impressive wins here in Paris. She defeated the likes of Kristina Pliskova, Alexandrova, Svitolina, Stephens and Gauff. Her most recent four victories were clean and sharp as Barbora dropped just 21 games in the process.

Sakkari can outhit any opponent from the back of the court, but Barbora Krejcikova has a big serve. Krejcikova won against Sakkari in straight sets back in March and we fancy here to grab another victory. Our betting tip is Barbora Krejcikova to win at odds of 7/5 with Bet365.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Tamara Zidansek will square off in the first Semifinal of the 2021 French Open on Thursday at 14.00pm (UK Time).

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova wasn’t able to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in her career, but now with less than a month from turning 30, the Russian achieved this long-awaited dream. The Russian isn’t a clay-court specialist, but she looked incredibly solid on this surface over the past month and a half. Anastasia has won ten of her last eleven matches on clay. During this run, Pavlyuchenkova managed to reach two Semi-finals, one in Madrid and one here at the French Open.

Meanwhile, Tamara Zidansek hasn’t won three consecutive matches in two years prior to the French Open. Her previous best at a Grand Slam over 14 different appearances was a second-round on two different occasions. Here in Paris, Tamara defeated the likes of Andreescu, Brengle, Siniakova, Cirstea, and finally Paula Badosa in the quarter-finals.

We think that Tamara Zidansek’s run will end here as Pavlyuchenkova has much more experience. Our prediction is for Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win at odds of 57/100 with Bet365.

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