By notching the title at the Roland Garros on Sunday evening, Novak Djokovic entered the pages of the tennis history as one of the all time greats. The reigning World No. 1 has now clinched four back-to-back Grand Slam titles as his maiden French open victory came after he won the Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open bridging the 2015 and 2016 season.
Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe didn’t win all four majors. Neither did Pete Sampras, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl or Boris Becker. The likes of Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal did win all the four majors, but not consecutively like the Serb did.
Rod Laver won all the four titles in 1969 for the last time. Eight men including Agassi, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic held each major at least once, but couldn’t notch up a Grand Slam by winning all the four in a single calendar year.
Laver hailed Djokovic’s game earlier this year.
“I would say there isn’t any way you could play better,” he said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The 29-year-old’s career shows long, slow and steady climb. Djokovic conceded the first set on Sunday at the Roland Garros and displayed the nerves of a champion to blow Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 in finals.
“It’s like my spirit had left my body and I was just observing my body,” Djokovic said about the early parts of the match. “Hoping that Andy will make a mistake.”