French Open - 'Really nasty!' - Novak Djokovic suffers very scary fall against Stefanos Tsitsipas in final
There was an audible gasp from the spectators on Court Philippe Chatrier as the Serb fell to the ground with immediate fears for his ankles and knees as he tumbled very nastily on Sunday afternoon. Fortunately for Djokovic, as with women's champion Barbora Krejcikova the day before, he was unscathed besides a very stained shirt as he got up from the red clay and shook himself off.
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But midway through the first set things looked far from positive for the Serb. There was an audible gasp from the spectators on Court Philippe Chatrier as he fell to the ground with immediate fears for his ankles and knees as he tumbled very nastily.
It was also very sporting of Tsitsipas, who was very aware of the situation and concerned for his opponent's well being as he stood by the net and checked on him throughout.
Remarkably, Djokovic has become the first man to win all four Grand Slams twice since the fully professional Open era began in 1968.
Djokovic is now just one Grand Slam title behind his great rivals, Roger Federer and Nadal, with his tally now at 19. Indeed, the 34-year-old will be the favourite to triumph at Wimbledon later this summer and equal the legendary duo's marks of 20.
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"It was an electric atmosphere" an overjoyed Djokovic said in his on-court interview. "I want to thank my coach and my physio, everyone who has been with me on this journey.
"I have played almost nine hours over the last 48 hours against two great champions, it was really tough physically over the last three days, but I trusted in my capabilities and knew I could do it."
Prior to this tournament, the Belgrade star had only won the French Open once, back in 2016, which is both surprising given his overall tally of Grand Slam titles, but at the same time simply testament to Nadal's dominance in Paris.
But having usurped the 'King of Clay', for this year at least, on the Spaniard's favourite court, Djokovic has now moved to within just one major title of his great rivals with Wimbledon coming up very soon.
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