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Top five comeback wins at French Open 2024

Published at :June 15, 2024 at 1:58 AM
Modified at :June 15, 2024 at 1:58 AM
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Ashu Yadav


Iga Swiatek saving a match point in the second round was one of the best matches at French Open 2024.

The French Open 2024 concluded on June 9 (Sunday) with Carlos Alcaraz beating Alexander Zverev in five sets to lift his maiden Roland Garros title. Young Alcaraz came from two sets down to beat his German opponent 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 and claim his third Grand Slam trophy. However, that wasn’t the only time when the World No. 2 rallied back to win a match en route the title.

Novak Djokovic famously said, “Tennis is a mental game. Everyone is fit, everyone hits great forehands and backhands”. The biggest difference between a good player and a champion player is the mindset and attitude. They perform when it matters the most, even if the odds are stacked against them.

Let’s have a look at the top five comeback wins at the French Open 2024 when players performed Houdini’s escape and emerged victorious.

5. Carlos Alcaraz vs Jannik Sinner

The semi-final match between these two new-generation rivals witnessed a Carlos Alcaraz comeback. The Match was evenly poised at 2-6, 6-3 after two sets. Jannik Sinner suffered from cramps in the third set, but he came out firing after the treatment and won it 6-3.

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In the fourth set, there was very little to separate between both players as both produced high-quality tennis, but Alcaraz won a decisive break and won the fourth set 6-4, equalling the match 2-2. In the fifth and final set, Alcaraz brought out his A-game and won the set 6-3. Alcaraz won this high-stake battle with Sinner taking his head-to-head record to 5-4.

4. Alexander Zverev vs Holger Rune

Alexander Zverev made a comeback from the brink of defeat in the French Open 2024 round of 16 where he outlasted Holger Rune 4-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2. Zverev’s Roland Garros campaign was about to end after he failed to close out the fourth set from a break-up, dropping serve at 5-4. However, the German managed to force a tiebreak with a hold at 5-6, and from there on, he carried the momentum.

Zverev outclassed Rune in the tie-brake, winning it 7-2. He followed it with a clinical fifth set and did not give Rune any chance and won the set 6-2. This was Zverev’s second consecutive five-set victory after his won over Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in the round of 32.

3. Carlos Alcaraz vs Alexander Zverev

Alcaraz, similar to his semi-final win, came back from 2-1 down to win the final in five sets. The Spaniard started by taking the first set comfortably, but Zverev made a strong comeback and looked unplayable in the second set, which he won 6-2. Zverev continued his form and battled hard to win the third set 7-5.

Alcaraz was trailing 1-2 in the final with Zverev just one set away from clinching his maiden grand slam. But Alcaraz had other plans and he comprehensively won 12 of the final 15 games of this match to lift his first French Open title and third grand slam of his career.

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2. Novak Djokovic vs Francisco Cerundolo

In the round of 16 match against Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, Novak Djokovic made a miraculous comeback, even by his standards. Coming from a marathon five-set victory in the previous match, the Serbian was trailing by 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 2-4. He was also struggling with his right knee having taken a knock during the second set.

But the 24-time Grand Slam champion was able to overcome his physical impediment & broke back to 4-4, saving a break point at 5-5, he broke again in the 12th game to win the fourth set. Novak was again trailing the fifth set 3-4 but he made his experience count, taking a 5-3 lead and finally winning the set 6-3. He won the match by 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

1. Iga Swiatek vs Naomi Osaka

Iga Swiatek’s quest for a third consecutive French Open title was about to end against Naomi Osaka in the second-round itself. The Polish World No. 1 won the first set through a tiebreaker by 7-6(1). But Osaka found her touch in the second set and immediately broke Iga’s two consecutive serves.

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The Japanese convincingly won the second set 6-1 and even took a lead of 5-2 in the third set, but Iga held her serve and stayed alive.

Osaka had her chance while serving for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but missed countless chances, even blowing a match point. Swiatek, now a five-time Grand Slam champion, levelled the match at 5-5 and kept her cool during the tiebreak, which she eventually won 7-5. The four-time French Open winner clinched the match 7-6(1), 1-6, 7-5, and again proved that she is among the best in the business when it comes to handling pressure.

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