On 5 June 2016, Novak Djokovic stood one success far from a location in tennis history.
Competing in his 4th Roland Garros last, the WorldNo 1 was trying to end up being just the 3rd guy to hold all 4 significant songs titles at the exact same time. It was a position he had actually likewise remained in 4 years previously, when he lost the 2012 champion match to fantastic competitor Rafael Nadal.
On this event, Djokovic would not deal with the nine-time champ for the prize. His challenger was Andy Murray, who was appearing in his very first champion match on the Parisian terre battue.
The ruling Wimbledon, United States Open and Australian Open champ went into the contest with a 23-10 ATP Head2Head record versus Murray, that included a 4-2 benefit in Grand Slam finals. Djokovic had actually beaten Murray to raise his 3rd straight Grand Slam prize at the Australian Open in January, however the 2 males had actually divided last conferences in Madrid and Rome in the previous month.
After dropping the very first set, Djokovic motored towards success, yielding a combined 3 video games in the 2nd and 3rd sets prior to liquidating the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
More than 46 years after Rod Laver finished his 2nd Calendar Grand Slam in 1969 (likewise 1962), Djokovic had actually signed up with the Australian and Don Budge (1938) as the 3rd guy to hold all 4 Grand Slam prizes at the exact same time. The Belgrade- born star likewise ended up being the 8th guy to finish the Career Grand Slam.
“It’s a thrilling moment,” statedDjokovic “One of the most beautiful I have had in my career… It’s incredibly flattering to know that Rod Laver is the last one that managed to do that. There are not many words that can describe it. It’s one of the ultimate challenges that you have as a tennis player. I’m very proud and very thrilled.”
Djokovic’s success in Paris brought him level with fellow 12- time Grand Slam winner Roy Emerson in 4th put on the Grand Slam titles leader board. The 29- year-old likewise ended up being the very first guy because Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian Open and Roland Garros in the exact same year.
Competing in his 10 th Grand Slam last, Murray was bidding to sign up with 1935 champ Fred Perry as just the 2nd British guy to declare the Roland Garros songs title. Five weeks later on, the WorldNo 2 raised his 3rd Grand Slam title in front of house fans at Wimbledon.
“This is Novak’s day,” statedMurray “Winning all four Grand Slams at once is a great achievement. This is something that is so rare in tennis. What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. I’m proud to be part of it today.”