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» Novak Djokovic wins maiden French Open title, Four Grand Slam complete
Novak Djokovic wins maiden French Open title, Four Grand Slam complete
AN emotional Novak Djokovic has inflicted a savage French Open beating on Andy Murray to become only the third man in history to hold all four titles simultaneously.
American Don Budge (1938-39) and Rod Laver (1962 and ‘69) are the only others to have achieved the feat.
Djokovic’s dozen, a figure matched by Roy Emerson, is bettered only by Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Pete Sampras (14).
Djokovic has now beaten Murray in five major finals and in 13 of their past 15 matches.
The Scot’s record in grand slam deciders fell to two wins from 10 attempts.
For 38 minutes — the duration of the first set — it appeared possible Murray would overturn the sequence and become the first British male champion here since Fred Perry 80 years ago.
But visions of that famous victory were nothing more than a mirage as Djokovic overcame a tentative start to underline his status as the world’s premier player.
Djokovic won 18 of the last 25 games to scorch Murray before revelling in the a long-coveted glory.
Djokovic’s magnificent dozen is comprised of six Australian titles, three Wimbledons, two US Opens and a French.
What started as a heavyweight contest with Murray in the ascendant, ended as a rout with Murray mentally and physically broken.
“What he’s achieved in the last 12 months is phenomenal, winning all four slams in one year is an amazing achievement,” Murray said.
Unbeaten in grand slam competition since losing last year’s French final to Stan Wawrinka — 28 matches ago — Djokovic took a record 12 attempts to lift his first Roland Garros trophy.
As the first man to complete the Australian Open-French Open double since American Jim Courier in 1992, Djokovic earned $3 million.
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