Novak Djokovic completed a career Grand Slam, finally, after overcoming his old rival Andy Murray in the final at Roland Garros.
After reaching the final in Paris on four occasions, including today, he finally got his hands on the trophy.
After losing the first set 6-3, Djokovic fairly ramped-up his game, winning in four sets 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4. With the win the 29-year-old Serbian also becomes the third man ever to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, joining American Don Budge and Australian Rod Laver in a quite remarkable feat.
Djokovic said: “In the last point I don’t even remember what happened. It was really one of those moments where you just try to be there.
“It’s like my spirit has left my body and I was just observing my body, fight the last three, four exchanges, going left to right and hoping that Andy will make a mistake, which has happened. It was a thrilling moment. One of the most beautiful I have had in my career.”
“I entered the court quite prepared. I started well in the first game and then I dropped four games. Nerves kicked in. I needed a little bit of time to really find the right rhythm and start to play the way I intended, which happened in the beginning of the second and practically till 5-2 in the fourth set.
“It was flawless tennis. I really felt like I played on a high quality and putting a lot of pressure on Andy’s serves and just trying to hang in there.”
Andy Murray couldn’t hide his disappointment, “From 13 days ago, I maybe would have signed to have been in this position. I was struggling. I was a couple of points from going out of the tournament in the first round. But then when you get here, obviously you want to win. I didn’t do that today. Right now I’m very disappointed.”
“The guys I have been around the last few years have made things difficult for me. I have been close-ish to winning all of the slams now and unfortunately all of them have done it instead.”