This year Novak Djokovic accomplished something he had tried for his whole career. He won the French Open. The French Open had seemed to become flat out elusive for Djokovic, he came close and fell short many times. This year however he finished and won it.
Ten years ago, Djokovic, a 19 year old then was a quarterfinalist. Out of the past 4 years Djokovic was a French Open finalist in 3. These are just a few times the French Open eluded this man. It’s likely the hardest title to get to complete the Grand Slam.
With this win, Djokovic set a record, no man had ever lost the French Open more times before their first title. Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Andres Gomez, and Stan Wawrinka all won on their 11th try. Today, Djokovic who was ranked first defeated second ranked Andy Murray with the sets going like this 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic is the second oldest man to complete the Grand Slam at age 29, he’s also the 8th man to ever complete it.
The other men he join are Fred Perry, Don Budge, Ron Laver, Roy Emerson, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, and Rafael Nadal. Agassi was older than Djokovic by 24 days. With only eight men ever doing this you can see it’s rare and difficult to achieve. “This is something that is so rare in tennis,” Murray said in his on-court interview. “It hasn’t happened for an extremely long time, and it’s going to take a long time to happen again. Me personally, being on the other side, it sucks to lose the match. But I’m proud to be part of today.”. Murray is right, this happens few and far between, history was made