The top-seeded Djokovic came all the way back to beat the fifth-seeded Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 for his second championship at Roland Garros and 19th Grand Slam title overall.
Djokovic is now just one major trophy away from tying the men’s record of 20 shared by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Incidentally, he also became one of only three men, alongside Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, to have won each Grand Slam major at least twice.
“I’m very proud, very happy. I don’t want to stop there,” said Djokovic, who spread his arms, then tapped his chest and crouched to touch the red clay at Court Philippe Chatrier after ending the match with a leaping volley.
For sure, he will get his chance to pull even with his rivals at Wimbledon, which starts in two weeks.
After his marathon semi-final against Nadal that lasted nearly 4 hours, Djokovic looked spent, and the 22-year-old Tsitsipas had the upper hand in the first two sets.
The 22-year-old Tsitsipas won the first set 7-6, breaking Djokovic when the Serbian had a chance to serve out the set.
Tsitsipas continued to dominate and won the second set 6-2, but Djokovic stormed back to win the next two and force a decisive fifth set.
Djokovic took control of the match by breaking Tsitsipas in the second game of the fifth set.
He then went on to hold his serve and clinched the championship.
The Greek, Tsitsipas had never advanced past the semifinals at any of the four majors.
He made the semis of the 2021 and 2019 Aussie Open and the semis of last year’s French.
Unseeded Czech wins Women’s title
Barbora Krejcikova, a 25-year-old Czech tagged a doubles specialist until a year ago, won the French Open women’s title.
Krejcikova downed Russian veteran and fellow surprise finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to become the seventh unseeded female Grand Slam singles champion.