Sunday, June 05, 2016

Novak Djokovic Wins First French Open, Completes Career Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic made history today, becoming only the third man ever to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once, defeating Andy Murray in four sets for his first French Open. Interestingly, the two other men -- American Don Budge (1938) and Aussie Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) -- completed the task in calendar years for actual Grand Slams, a course the Serbian is still potentially on track to do this year. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only two other people I can remember completing the "fake" Grand Slam at all are Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams, who did it twice.) Murray outdid himself making the final and really looked in control after the first set, but Djokovic finally overcame some jitters to accomplish the goal that has eluded him for so long. Best part of today's outcome? As with Roger Federer when he eclipsed Peter Sampras' majors record, I feel like I can relax and root for the better player again. Wouldn't mind seeing Dominic Thiem grabbing the reins ... well, maybe after we see what happens at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open!

1 comment:

Pete said...

Steffi won the French, Wimbledon, and US Open in 93 and the Australian in 94 after Monica was stabbed.

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