Djokovic beats Murray to win his first French Open title, completes career Grand Slam

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World number one Novak Djokovic completed the career Grand Slam after he beat Britain’s Andy Murray to win his first French Open title.

The 29-year-old Serb defeated won the title in four sets 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.

This was Djokovic’s 12th major title. He’s now become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at once.

Novak Djokovic, pictured, beat Andy Murray to clinch the French Open title (AP)
Novak Djokovic, pictured, beat Andy Murray to clinch the French Open title (AP)

The 29-year-old Scot, who had become the first male British player to reach the final of French Open since 1937, too was hoping to win the third leg of his own career Slam, after having already won Wimbledon and the US Open.

Murray had won the first set comfortably, but lost the steam from second set onward and lost the next three sets without putting up any significant challenge.

Djokovic said, “It’s a very special moment, the biggest of my career. 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, which he gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court.”

Murray, who has now lost five finals to his Serbian opponent, said, “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.”

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