Stefanos Tsitsipas says his grandmother died five minutes before Roland Garros final



Tsitsipas, playing his first Grand Slam final, won the first two sets of Sunday’s game before Djokovic returned to win 6-7 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.

“A wise woman whose faith in life and willingness to give and provide cannot be compared to any other human I have ever met,” Tsitsipas wrote of her grandmother on Instagram.

“It’s important to have more people like her in this world. Because people like her make you live. They make you dream.

“I would like to say that whatever the day, the circumstance or the situation, this is entirely dedicated to her, and only her. Thank you for raising my father. Without him this would not have been possible.”

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Tsitsipas stretches to play a forehand against Djokovic.

In Sunday’s final, Tsitsipas won the first set in a tie-break and beat Djokovic twice in the second set to take a 2-0 lead.

But the momentum started to turn and Tsitsipas, who also went to five sets against Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, called on his coach for treatment at the end of the third set.

Djokovic asserted his dominance in the last three sets and won his 19th Grand Slam title – placing it behind the totals of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

It also saw him become the third man in history after Rod Laver and Roy Emerson to win every Grand Slam at least twice.

Tsitsipas, 22, put his defeat into perspective in his Instagram post.

“Life is not about winning or losing. It is about enjoying every moment of life, whether alone or with others,” he added.

“To live a meaningful life without misery or abjection. Lifting trophies and celebrating victories is something, but not everything.”


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