DJOKOVIC ACES CAREER GRAND SLAM
World No. 1 completes the career Grand Slam with Paris win
I t took Roger Federer 11 years to finally conquer the red clay of Roland Garros. By the time he achieved that feat in 2009 his powers were slightly diminishing. To date he has won three more Grand Slam titles and has firmly secured his place in history.
It took Novak Djokovic even longer to complete his career Grand Slam as he finally won the French Open title at the 12th time of asking.
But the Serbian is showing no signs of slowing down. He currently holds all four slam titles and it is difficult to see anyone denying him a calendar Grand Slam.
The world No. 1 could well go on to eclipse Federer’s haul of 17 majors such is his utter dominance of the men’s game.
For one set against Andy Murray he seemed human. There was a string of errors on both wings as Djokovic produced some erratic tennis.
Yet seemingly in the blink of an eye the entire match changed. Murray began to become frustrated and Djokovic was able to capitalise.
Mentally he is as tough as they come. Under a barrage of brilliance from Murray, Djokovic simply sucked it up and waited for his opportunity. When it came he was clinical. In the second, third and fourth sets the 29-year-old was unstoppable. He combined power with accuracy and his defence was breathtaking. Murray simply had no answer and was blown away.
It was a tennis lesson from a master. How Murray must wish it wasn’t always Djokovic in a slam final. Five times now he has been denied glory by his old foe.
Murray will not be the only man on tour cursing his luck though.
Since the start of the 2011 season Djokovic has appeared in 17 out of a possible 22 Grand Slam finals.
On 11 occasions he has triumphed and with 12 in total he now moves ahead of the great Bjorn Borg.
The question is how many more will he win before he finally hangs up his racket?
Djokovic is a supreme athlete and you can see him playing for another four or five years. He will surely catch Federer and 20 slams seems a realistic target.
When he leaves the sport it will surely be as the greatest male to have ever played the game.