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French Open: Novak Djokovic wins his maiden title

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:44 GMT, Jun 6, 2016 |
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Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday (June 5) when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time.

The world number one recovered from a nervous start to impose his pace on Court Philippe Chatrier and clinch his 12th grand slam crown after three previous failures in a Roland Garros final.

Djokovic is only the third man after Don Budge and Rod Laver to hold the four majors at the same time, and the eighth man to triumph at Wimbledon and the French, U.S. and Australian Opens.

Speaking to the media afterwards, the Serb described the joy of winning the title.

“It’s like my spirit has left my body and I was just observing my body fight the last three or four exchanges, going left to right and hoping that Andy would make a mistake, which has happened.

“A thrilling moment and one of the most beautiful I’ve had in my career,” said the 29-year-old, who now has a 5-2 win-loss record against Murray in grand slam finals.

He said the moment he accepted that being part of the Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal era was a chance, not a curse, everything improved for him.

On Sunday, after winning his first French Open title, he was still behind the Swiss and the Spaniard in terms of major titles but he had achieved something the two have not yet managed — holding all four grand slams at the same time.