With French Open Title, Novak Djokovic Joins The Elite Company
Novak Djokovic captured a first ever French Open Title as he outraged old rival Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to claim a 12th career major grand slam and becoming just the third man after Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver, in 1962 and 1969 as the only players to simultaneously acquire the French Open, Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon trophies.
The 29-year old Novak Djokovic also put himself halfway to the calendar Grand Slam, last achieved by Laver 47 years ago. Novak, one of only eight men to complete the career Grand Slam and who had lost his previous three finals in Paris, said: “It’s a very special moment, the biggest of my career. I felt today something that I never felt before at Roland Garros, I felt the love of the crowd.
Djokovic duplicatd former 3-time champion Gustavo Kuerten by drawing a giant heart in the Paris clay before collapsing inside it. “I drew the heart on the court, like Guga who gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court.” Andy Murray, the world number two on the other side was the first British man in the final in Paris since Bunny Austin in 1937, remains with two Grand Slam titles as he failed to become the first winner of the French Open since Fred Perry 81 years ago.
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