Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray in four sets at Roland Garros to win his first French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam.
The world number one won 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in just over three hours to win the one major title that had thus far eluded him and in the process become the first man since 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at once.
That was achieved by Rod Laver who won them all in a calender year – a feat Djokovic could yet match – but by finally adding the Musketeer’s Cup to his collection, Djokovic also surpassed Laver’s overall Grand Slam tally. The 29-year-old Serb has now won 12 major titles, overtaking Laver and Bjorn Borg who sit on 11. He is now tied with Roy Emerson and sits just two behind Rafael Nadal and five behind Roger Federer.
Murray had hoped to win the third grand slam of his career, and the 29-year-old Scot was Britain’s first male finalist at the French open since Bunny Austin in 1937. He could not go one better than Austin and win at Roland Garros however, with Fred Perry in 1935 remaining the last Brit to do so in the men’s championship. Murray had played some spectacular tennis to win the first set and lead but after missing the chance to break early in the second, Djokovic moved up through the gears and took control.
“It’s a very special moment, the biggest of my career,” Djokovic said. “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 (Gustavo Kuerten, a former three-time winner who was watching from the stands) which he gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court.”
“To Novak, this is his day,” said Murray. “What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. Winning all the Grand Slams in one year is an amazing achievement.
“It’s so rare in tennis and for me personally, it sucks to lose the match. But I’m proud to have been part of today.”