After four years under the domination of Rafael Nadal, a new king has been crowned on Parisian clay. World number 1 Novak Djokovic won after a big battle against Stefanos Tsitsipas after being led two sets to zero. The Serbian becomes the first player since Gaston Gaudio in 2004 to make up for a two-round delay in the Grand Slam final at Porte d’Auteuil. Thanks to this success, the “Djoker” returned to one unit of the record for Grand Slam tournaments won by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (19 against 20). He also became the third player in history to have won all four Majors at least twice.. Defeated in the semi-final after 4:11 ‘of play by Novak Djokovic, the Mallorcan, meanwhile, lost for the first time a match on clay after pocketing the first set (he remained on 117 victories in as many matches). Another special feature of this 2021 edition, Roger Federer’s package after his victory over Dominik Koepfer in the third round. The Swiss preferred to throw in the towel in order to focus on Wimbledon.
Instability in women
Rafael Nadal failed to keep his crown in Paris, nor did Iga Swiatek, the winner last year. For the sixth consecutive year, a player has won Roland-Garros while having a virgin Grand Slam record. And once again, since 2014 and the coronation of Maria Sharapova, the defending champion has failed to keep her property. This year, Barbora Krejcikova won in the women’s category against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final in three sets. Note that the four semi-finalists were all novices in a Grand Slam tournament. Despite rather poor French results in singles, the pair composed of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won the tournament for the second time, after 2018, by winning against the duo Golubev / Bublik. Among the juniors, the Blues also shone since the semi-finals of the tournament were 100% French. Lucas Van Assche was titled taking the best over Arthur Fils while Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard and Sean Cuenin made up the rest of the last four.