Fourth time lucky
Djokovic won his 12th major but his first at Roland Garros to become only the eighth player to complete a career Grand Slam. He had previously won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, but had never prevailed in Paris before, losing twice in the final in 2012 and 2014 to Rafael Nadal and last year to Stan Wawrinka.
The Serbian follows in the footsteps of Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Nadal in winning at least once at each of the four majors. Nadal had been the last to do it, picking up the US Open at Flushing Meadows in September 2010 to complete his haul.
At the age of 29 years and 14 days when he took on Murray on the Philippe Chatrier Court on Sunday, Djokovic is the second youngest to complete the career slam. Only Agassi was older. The American was 29 years and 38 days when he defeated Ukrainian Andriy Medvedev in five sets in the 1999 French Open final.
The length of time that it took Djokovic to win the career slam from winning his first major is the longest it has taken to achieve the feat. From winning the Australian Open in January 2008 it has taken him eight years and five months to collect the quartet. Agassi had been the previous longest at six years and 11 months.
Djokovic is the first player since Laver in 1969 to have all four majors to his name at the same time, having already won in Australia this year in January, and at Wimbledon and the US Open last year. If he wins in London and New York again this year he will become only the third player, after Budge and Laver, to complete a calendar slam in the men’s game.
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