World No. 1 Novak Djokovic battled past Britain’s Andy Murray in a thrilling contest of 4 sets on Court Phillipe Chatrier in the finals on Sunday. The Roland Garros Crown helped him make history in the game of tennis where he secured his 12th Grand Slam title and became the first man after Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all the four Slams at once.
The Serb started off the match with a break but Murray broke him back instantly and from there things quickly swung in the World No. 2’s favour. As Murray started placing his shots brilliantly, Djokovic appeared to be losing momentum and made multiple errors to give his opponent the second break. Not wasting any opportunity, Murray quickly clinched the first and only set of the match.
Djokovic, resurgent and resilient, entered the second set and started firing winners against his rival which paved a path from him to sail through the next three sets with ease. Murray’s inability to convert break points combined with his poor first serve statistics helped the six-time Australian Open champion to win a historic French Open title 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.
At Championship point in the final game at 40-15, Djokovic could not excel his first serve and a double fault called up Championshp Point #2. Finally, at Championship Point #3, Djokovic struck against Murray which the Brit could not return, net, and Djokovic lay on the French Clay – victorious.
Prior to Roland Garros, Djokovic defeated Murray at the Australian Open to claim his record sixth title at Melbourne. In the 2015 Wimbledon and US Open final, he battled past 17-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer to secure wins at the two Slams. He now holds all the four Slams at the same time and is the eighth man to complete the Career Grand Slam.
“This is his day today,” Murray remarked holding his runner-up trophy.
“What he’s achieved in the last 12 months is phenomenal. Winning all four grand slams in one year is an amazing achievement.
This is something so rare in tennis. It’s not happened for an extremely long time and will take a long time to happen again. Me personally being here, it sucks to lose the match but I’m proud being part of today.”
Djokovic stepped up on the stage and picked up the silverware with “Nole, Nole” chants in the background. Utterly delighted he called it the “biggest moment of my career”.
“It’s a very special moment, the biggest of my career,” said Djokovic. “I felt today something that I never felt before at Roland Garros, I felt the love of the crowd.
“I drew the heart on the court, like Guga, which he gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court.”