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Novak Djokovic Beats Andy Murray to Win His First French Open Title! Becomes First Man in 47 Years to Hold Four Grand Slam Titles Concurrently

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy following his victory during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

World Tennis No.1 Player Novak Djokovic now boasts of 12 slam titles to his name, and there really is a very good chance he’ll have more than Roger Federer’s 17 by the end of his career. He’s basically a better version of his nearest rival and was barely bothered when he went behind today; he’s forgotten how to lose

The Serbian player played spectacularly well to beat Andy Murray making this his first French Open title. This puts him as the first man since 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles concurrently. Amazing!

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner up Andy Murray of Great Britain pose with the trophies won during the Men's Singles final match on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner up Andy Murray of Great Britain pose with the trophies won during the Men’s Singles final match on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Djokovic’s aggression at the net combined with Murray’s lack of consistency and his inability to clear his mind at key moments made the difference in the match that went on for over three hours. He eventually overcame his slow start and gradually went on to win the sets; 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during the Men’s Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a backhand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a backhand during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In his thank-you speech Djokovic slipped into English for Andy’s benefit, talking of “very special moments we’ve shared … I’m sure I’ll be seeing you with big trophies in the future … I know how much work you guys put in .. he’s one of the most dedicated guys on the tour… My family, my team, thank you so much for tolerating everything on a daily basis. There’s plenty of things I can talk about till tomorrow … but thank you so much for being able to manage me.”

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain lifts the runners up trophy following the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain lifts the runners up trophy following the Men’s Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Two-third of the crowd was not on Murray’s side but he overlooked it while giving his thank-you speech. He apologised for his lack of French, thanked his team and the crowd, the ballkids, grounds staff and umpires, congratulated Novak’s team, and then congratulated Novak – “what he’s achieved is phenomenal … It’s not happened for an extremely long time and it’s going to take an extremely long time for it to happen again… obviously it sucks to lose the match … I’m proud to have been part of today.”

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Kim Sears the wife of Andy Murray of Great Britain applauds during his Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Kim Sears the wife of Andy Murray of Great Britain applauds during his Men’s Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Jelena Djokovic the wife of Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks on during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Jelena Djokovic the wife of Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks on during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: (L-R) William Murray (Father), Kim Sears (wife), Mark Bender (Physio), Matt Little (Coach) and Jamie Delgado (Coach) applaud Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: (L-R) William Murray (Father), Kim Sears (wife), Mark Bender (Physio), Matt Little (Coach) and Jamie Delgado (Coach) applaud Andy Murray of Great Britain during the Men’s Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The sun came out, as if by magic, just as Djokovic was talking on thecourtside: “It’s a special moment, perhaps the biggest of my career. The sun is finally coming out. Nice to see it after 10 days of rain. I hope the fans had a nice time watching this great encounter today”.

They sure did as American Actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Hillary Swank watched the match admiringly.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Actress Hilary Swank (C) attends the Men's Singles final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Actress Hilary Swank (C) attends the Men’s Singles final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Actor Leonardo Di Caprio (C) attends the Men's Singles final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Actor Leonardo Di Caprio (C) attends the Men’s Singles final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the ball girls following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill for Adidas/Getty Images

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the ball girls following his victory during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill for Adidas/Getty Images

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the ball girls following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill for Adidas/Getty Images

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the ball girls following his victory during the Men’s Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill for Adidas/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images Sports/Clive Brunskill/Julian Finney/Dennis Grombkowski

6 Comments

  1. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    June 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Aaaawwwww…congrats Djokovic…knew u wud win.

  2. ngozi

    June 5, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    yay!!! He finally wins Roland Garros!!! so happy for Djoker. big congratulations nole! enjoy your well deserved win.

  3. Tosin

    June 6, 2016 at 3:35 am

    if only Serena was a man, right? SerenaSlam!
    Or Steffi Graf? GoldenSlam.
    Martina Navratilova? add doubles to the slammy sweetness.

    Anyway congrats, dude. Great accomplishment.

  4. Tosin

    June 6, 2016 at 4:09 am

    more research:
    both Serena and Steffi did this (hold all four major titles concurrently i.e. four in a row) TWICE and far more recently, as did Rod Laver (male, the last time forty-something years ago as you report) …

    call it the Golden Slam for Queen Stefanie, because the Slam titles – plus Olympic Gold – were all won in the same “Calendar Year” not just four-in-a-row straddling two years.

    Navratilova not only held all four (singles) slams concurrently as Nole now has, but also earned a “boxed set” by doing the same thing in doubles and a career grand slam (win all four but not as four in a row) in mixed doubles.

    Just saying 🙂 Women Rock Tennis. Too.

  5. Anon

    June 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Congrats to Nole and to Muguruza. Interesting that Bella Naija made no mention of the Women’s Final. Both winners are first time winners of R.G and both should get a mention. Serena Williams was defeated but she’s still a lady boss and one of the greatest. A first Grand Slam is a big deal (for Muguruza.)

  6. "changing moniker"

    June 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Novak the greatest Tennis player…..

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