Men’s world number one Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of men’s tennis, when he chalked up his 11th Grand Slam title in France, to became the first man in more than 40 years to hold all four major titles at the same time – a non-calendar grand slam.
It also saw Djokovic join an elite group of players – among only seven other players – to have won a ‘career grand slam’, which is to win each of the four major opens, at least once, as the Serb ended a barren run at Roland Garros to win his first French Open title. It also moves Djokovic into joint-fourth place in the list of overall grand slam winners – six behind all-time leader Roger Federer’s total of 17.
In the final itself, against Scotland’s Andy Murray, Djokovic dropped the first set, but came back in true form to trounce the Scot 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, as the world number two was left to contemplate how he could consistently beat the Serb who now holds a 24-10 head-to-head record over him.
Murray has gotten the better of Djokovic only thrice in their last 19 encounters, dating back to 2012, and has a two win-five loss record in Grand Slam finals against the Serb.
While his place amongst the greats of the sport is beyond any doubt, Djokovic still remains in the hunt for the undisputable stat that would perhaps seal his position as the greatest tennis player of all time – the most grand slam titles – which seems possible with no clear challenger to weaken his position atop the tennis ladder.
His female counterpart Serene Williams, a similarly dominant player in her own right, was made to wait longer as she attempts to equal Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles, as she lost to 22-year-old Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 6-4 in the women’s final.
The women’s world number one was forced to play matches on three consecutive days due to inclement weather in Paris causing interruptions to games, but Muguruza produced an exceptional display, in what she claimed was the perfect final, to beat the American.
This defeat was the third straight Grand Slam final defeat for Williams, who has been forced to wait since last year’s Wimbledon tournament, to add to her total of Grand Slams wins.