Novak Djokovic Leaps Over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Race to Turin After French Open 2021 Title

Published 06/13/2021, 3:13 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


With stupendous success at the French Open this year, world number one Novak Djokovic is one grand slam shy of equaling arch-rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record of 20 major titles. With Wimbledon coming up, this scenario might be a reality in no time.

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By defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of Roland Garros, Djokovic not only achieved his 19th grand slam but also increased his chances of winning a golden slam(all 4 majors + gold medal in Summer Olympics).

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Novak Djokovic leads the race for the year-end championships after French Open crown

Also, the Serb leads the race for the World Tour Finals which is scheduled to take place at Turin this year. Before the French Open, Tsitsipas was the top player in the lead up to the year-end championships.

But, the numbers changed after the championship match on Parisian clay today. Ahead of Roland Garros, the Serb had 3170 points as he played 6 tournaments in the year.

Tsitsipas, on the other hand, played 11 tournaments and won 3360 points. The Greek star also had the most number of victories by any player this year so far.

With the world number five winning 480 points after the French Open, he ends up with 3840 points whereas Djokovic added 800 more points to his previous total and took his tally to 3970.

As a result, the 19-time grand slam champion is ahead in the World Tour Finals race and is closely followed by Tsitsipas. Besides these two, players like Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal, Andrey Rublev, etc are also in the top-8 list.

Federer manages to stay inside top-100 after decent performance at Roland Garros

Swiss Maestro Roger Federer has fallen behind in the race for Turin as he played just three tournaments this year. Before the start of French Open, Federer was outside the top 250 leading up to the year-end championships.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his third round match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

But, the three victories he earned on the Parisian clay against Denis Istomin, Marin Cilic, and Dominik Koepfer, helped improve his ranking. Also, with the grass season upcoming, the Swiss star might have an upper hand on his favorite surface.

The former world number one will start his grass-court campaign at Halle, which starts from the 14th of June. Federer, seeded fifth in the tournament, will play his first-round match against qualifier Ilya Ivashka.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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