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Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final 6-7(6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 2021 French Open. It was his second French Open title and 19th major singles title overall.
With this win he became the first man to achieve the double Career Grand Slam in the Open Era, and the first player in the Open Era to win a major after coming back from two sets to love down in two matches during the same major. Tsitsipas became the first Greek player to reach a major final. It also marked the second consecutive year a man trailed by two sets in a major final yet rallied to win, following Dominic Thiem's victory at the 2020 US Open.
Rafael Nadal was the four-time defending champion, but he lost to Djokovic in a 4 hour and 10 minute semifinal epic. Nadal's loss marked only the third time in 108 matches that he has lost at the French Open, and it was his first loss in 14 semifinal appearances at the tournament. It also marked the first time that Nadal lost a match at the French Open after taking the opening set.
Nadal and Roger Federer were attempting to win a record 21st major title and become the outright leader in the men's singles major tally. Federer, like Djokovic, was bidding to become the first man in the Open Era to achieve the double Career Grand Slam. This was the first time in Grand Slam history that Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal, the three most successful men's singles Grand Slam champions of all time, were in the same half of the main draw. After both making the semifinals, Djokovic and Nadal met for a record-extending 58th time in the Open Era, with Djokovic emerging victorious in four sets.
For the first time in the Open Era, all French players were eliminated prior to the third round. Thiem's first-round defeat guaranteed a new French Open finalist from the bottom half of the draw; Tsitsipas emerged to be that player. Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest player since Djokovic in 2005 to win a match at the French Open, and was also the youngest player to reach the third round at the tournament since Andrei Medvedev in 1992. This was the first time since 2004 that a French Open men's singles final went to five sets; on that occasion, Gastón Gaudio also came from two sets down to defeat Guillermo Coria and win the title.
The following are the seeded players. Seedings are based on ATP rankings as of 24 May 2021. Rankings and points before are as of 31 May 2021. Because the tournament was moved a week, points of the week of 10 June 2019 include results from Stuttgart and 's-Hertogenbosch. Players will count either their 2021 points or 50% of their 2020 points, whichever is greater.