Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas: Why Bjorn Borg Will Present the Trophy to the French Open 2021 Champion

Published 06/13/2021, 6:21 AM EDT
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – FEBRUARY 29: Winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner up Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrate with the trophies after their men’s final match on Day 13 of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)


It’s the second Sunday of the French Open 2021 and fans are eagerly waiting for World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas to take to the courts for the title. It’s a match no fan would want to miss as an 18-time Grand Slam champion will take on a first-time finalist. Any way the match goes, history shall be created today.

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Another interesting aspect today will be the fact that six-time French Open champion Bjorn Borg will be presenting the trophy to the winner of today’s match. The Swede is not new to this role and has done it twice in the past, in 2008 and 2014. Interestingly, it will be the 40th anniversary since he won his last title in Paris.

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

Bjorn Borg has been a presenter of the French Open trophy twice

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Unsurprisingly, on both those occasions, Spanish star Rafael Nadal was the winner. To receive an award from such a legendary figure who has been part of the history of such a great tournament is a matter of great pride. It will be an honor to receive this accolade from the great Swede and the words exchanged during the presentation will be remembered for a lifetime.

Speaking about Borg’s association with Roland Garros, he has been the second most successful player at this event after the Spaniard. Besides winning six titles in Paris, he was a five-time champion at Wimbledon. His ability to conquer and dominate the courts of clay and grass indicates the versatility of his style of play.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

All eyes on the two gladiators

Focusing on today’s match, both players have played a high level of tennis to reach this stage. Stefanos Tsitsipas was locked in a fierce battle against German Alexander Zverev in the semifinal. He was two sets up but lost the next two sets only to bounce back and claim the fifth.

On the other hand, Novak Djokovic did the impossible for the second time in his career, knocking 13-time champion Rafael Nadal out, in four sets. Their match itself felt like a final and whenever these two athletes step on the court, they never fail to disappoint.

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It will be interesting to see who emerges on top in this fierce contest between the Serb and the Greek player. Nonetheless, it will be a match not worth missing as there will be history created today. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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