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Roland Garros ‘21: Djokovic vs Tsitsipas final becomes highest-rated Grand Slam match since 2018

Novak Djokovic won the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas on 13 June

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Mumbai: Roland Garros 2021 generated huge excitement among fans, who stayed hooked to their screens as the stars battled to leave their mark of greatness on the clay courts in Paris. The epic final between eventual champion Novak Djokovic and Greece sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas, who played his first-ever Grand Slam final, became the highest-rated match across Grand Slams on the Star Sports network since 2018, said the channel on Saturday.

The thrilling encounter on June 13 (Sunday) recorded 84,000 Average Minutes Attendance (AMA, in M15+ AB), while the entire tournament garnered 0.47 billion viewing minutes, it said in a statement.

Djokovic made a stunning comeback in the final, putting behind the challenge by fifth seed Tsitsipas to win the summit clash 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and lift his 19th Grand Slam trophy. The victory also sealed a historic feat for the Serbian, making him the first player in the Open Era – and only the third player in history (male) – to achieve the career Grand Slam twice.

Djokovic’s latest Slam title also reduces the gap on 20-time champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of the list for most major men’s singles titles.

The focus now shifts to the grass courts at Wimbledon 2021, where Djokovic remains the favourite to defend his crown, and Federer will look to extend his Wimbledon record. The tournament will be broadcast LIVE & Exclusive on Star Sports Select from 28 June to 11 July.

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