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Finally Djokovic Wins French Open

Djokovic celebrating his Roland Garros win over Raffael Nadal on Sunday
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LAGOS – Novak Djokovic strides up to finally lay his hands on the French Open trophy that has eluded him for so long. He did so at the expense of Andy Murray, who expressed big emotions through sobs.

Djokovic offers the Coupe des Mousquetaires up to the heavens and then clasps it tight to his chest.

For the records, Djokovic has become just the eighth man and second oldest in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver, Nadal and Fred Perry.

He is only the third man in history to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Rod Laver was the last in 1969, with Don Budge also achieving the feat. This is even as he also is only the fourth player in the Open Era (after Roger Federer, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl) to win a specific Grand Slam tournament after having lost their first three finals at that Grand Slam event. No man has ever won a Grand Slam title after finishing as runner-up at the event four times.

Meanwhile, excited Djokovic reacted thus: “It’s a very special moment, the biggest of my career. It’s nice to see the sun has finally come out after ten days of rain, and it was great to see many fans for this final and I hope you enjoyed watching our tennis.

“I felt today something that I never felt before at Roland Garros, I felt the love of the crowd, I drew the heart on the court, like Guga [Gustavo Kuerten], which he gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court.”

Murray, on his part, congratulated the winner, expressing happiness at the support from his family and friends.

“Firstly I’d like to thank my team and all of my friends and family who came. I’d like to thank the entire crowd; it was a fantastic atmosphere today.

“Congratulations to Novak’s team – you deserve it, well done. To Novak, this is his day. What he’s achieved, the last 12 months is phenomenal, winning all the Grand Slams in one year is an amazing achievement. It’s so rare in tennis, and for me personally, it sucks to lose the match, but I’m proud to have been part of today.”