The Serbian wrapped-up his Career Grand Slam with a four-set win over Andy Murray on Sunday and is now the owner of 12 Grand Slam titles.
World No.1 Novak Djokovic finally achieved his dream on Sunday at Roland Garros. In a dramatic and nerve-racking final, the Serb defeated Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to complete the ‘Djoker Slam’; Djokovic now holds all the four slams at the same time, a feat last achieved five decades ago by Rod Laver.
Here, Sport360 relives all the numbers and statistics from Sunday’s historic final.
4 – Consecutive Grand Slam titles for Djokovic, who becomes just the third man in history to hold all four majors at the same time, joining Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 & 1969). Novak is also the only player to win four slams in a row with the current three-surface set-up (grass, hard, clay).
20 – Grand Slam finals for Novak Djokovic. He is now tied for second place with Rafa Nadal on the all-time list for most appearances in major finals – behind Roger Federer (27).
6 – Consecutive Grand Slam finals for Novak Djokovic (from 2015 Australian Open). Only Federer has managed to do better with streaks of 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals (2005 Wimbledon – 2007 US Open) and 8 consecutive Grand Slam finals (2008 French Open – 2010 Australian Open).
50 – Djokovic joins Federer as the only players to have recorded 50+ match wins at each of the Grand Slams. The Swiss is the only player to record 60+ match wins at each of the Grand Slams.
4 – Djokovic joins Federer as the only players to have reached atleast four finals at each Grand Slam event. Federer’s record is AO-5, FO-5, WIM-10, USO-7, while Djokovic’s is AO-6, FO-4, WIM-4, USO-6.
4 – Djokovic becomes only the fourth player in the Open era to hold the first two legs of the calendar Grand Slam. He joins Rod Laver (1969), Mats Wilander (1988) and Jim Courier (1992) as the only players to have won the Aus-French Open double.
8 – Djokovic is only the eighth male player in the history to complete the Career Grand Slam. At 29 yrs. and 14 days old, he is the 2nd oldest man to achieve this feat; the oldest being American great Andre Agassi (29 yrs. and 38 days).
8 years 5 months – From winning his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in Jan 2008, it has taken Novak 8 years and 5 months to complete the Career Grand Slam – the longest period to achieve this feat. Agassi had the previous longest gap at 6 yrs 11 months.
12 – Victory at Roland Garros was Djokovic’s 12th Grand Slam title. He is tied at fourth on the all-time list with Roy Emerson, trailing Federer (17), Nadal (14) & Sampras (14).
46 – ‘Big’ Titles (Grand Slams, World Tour Finals, Masters 1000) for Novak Djokovic, which includes 12 Grand Slams, 5 World Tour Finals and 29 Masters 1000 triumphs. Federer is the all-time leader with 47 ‘Big’ Titles (17 Grand Slams, 6 World Tour Finals, 24 Masters 1000).
28 – Consecutive Grand Slam match wins for Novak Djokovic, a new Open Era Record.
$100m – During this year’s Roland Garros, Novak became the first player in tennis history to cross the US$100 million mark in career prize money (by reaching the QFs).
65 – ATP Tour titles for Novak, who has passed Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras (64 titles). Novak now holds the sixth position in the Open-Era tour-level titles list behind Jimmy Connors (109), Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (88), John McEnroe (77) and Rafael Nadal (69).
23-23 – The top two seeds have met in a Grand Slam Final on 46 occasions in the Open era and each seed has won 23 times.
16,950 – With his French Open victory, Novak now has 16,950 ATP ranking points, an all-time record (more than the World No.2 & 3 combined).
Clay, Grass, Hard – Novak joins Roger and Rafa as the only players to hold Grand Slam titles on Clay, Grass and Hard simultaneously.
17-9 – Since the start of 2015, Djokovic has managed to win more titles (17) than matches lost (9).
12 – Novak managed to win Roland Garros title on his 12th attempt, a record for most attempts before winning the title in Paris (2005-2016).
4 – Novak became the fourth player in the Open era to win a particular Grand Slam title after losing his first three finals at that Grand Slam event; joining Ivan Lendl (USO), Goran Ivanisevic (WIM) and Roger Federer (RG).
7 – This was the 7th Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Murray, which puts this pair in joint-second position for most meetings in a Grand Slam Final. Federer-Nadal: 8, Djokovic-Nadal: 7, Djokovic-Murray: 7.
2 – Djokovic-Murray became only the second duo to compete at all four Grand Slam finals after Djokovic-Nadal.
1937 – Andy Murray was the first British Player to reach the final at Roland Garros since Bunny Austin in 1937.
10 – Andy Murray became the tenth player in the Open era to reach all four Grand Slam finals. At 29 yrs. and 21 days, he is the third oldest to achieve this feat (ahead of Rosewall and Laver).
20% – Murray has managed to win only 20% of his Grand Slam finals (2-8); which is the worst record for players with at least 10 Grand Slam Finals (Open era).
4 – Murray joins Federer and Lendl as the only players to have finished as runners-up at all the four Grand Slams (Open-Era).
2 – Murray also joins Jim Courier and Fred Stolle as the only three men in history to have won 2 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finished as runner-up at the other two Grand Slams.
10 – Murray has now reached 10 Grand Slam finals, equalling Fred Perry (8-2) for the most appearances in a Grand Slam final by a British man.
2-12 – Murray is 2-12 in Grand Slam matches against No.1 ranked players – including 0-4 at Roland Garros.
When Novak Djokovic looked up to the crowd after breaking Andy Murray for a second time in the fourth set to lead 5-2, his reaction was unexpected – he started laughing.
Not hysterically or anything, but knowing he was one game away from that elusive French Open and hearing his name ring through Philippe Chatrier stadium, Djokovic allowed himself to enjoy the moment.
It may have cost him the next two games, but it didn’t really matter.
For so long Djokovic lived in the shadow of the stars that came a few years before him, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who had a massive following and could send stadiums into frenzy on demand.
Last year in the US Open final, Djokovic stood in front of a pro-Federer Arthur Ashe Stadium and took down the Swiss amidst bellowing chants of fans rooting against him.
It was not the first time Djokovic experienced such adversity on the court and in a way it fuelled him to succeed. But seeing his face light up as he soaked up the crowd’s adulation in Paris on Sun day, it was obvious that what mattered the most to Djokovic was the tennis world’s acceptance and on a court notorious for its hard-to-please spectators, the Serb finally earned it.
It’s astonishing that it took so long for people to get on board with Djokovic – and granted some never will – but it’s evident that the moment he won the Paris crowd’s heart was not when he was at his peak, but instead when he was at his lowest.
Just like Murray turned the Wimbledon crowd with one emotional runner-up speech in 2012, Djokovic losing to Stan Wawrinka last year in Paris showed the French he was actually human and it was his vulnerability that day that got the public to stand by him yesterday in the Roland Garros final.
Often accused of trying too hard to be liked, Djokovic became adored in the French capital for the one time he did not try hard enough.
“That’s where it actually got to another level of connection (with the crowd),” Djokovic said on Sunday, referring to the standing ovation he got after losing to Wawrinka in the Paris final last year.
But do his exploits of the past fortnight finally place him in the greatest of all-time conversation he is sometimes excluded from? With every major Djokovic adds to his tally, there is still reluctance from some to put him in the same league as Federer or Nadal.
Djokovic's 28 consecutive GrandSlam wins is an all time record for Men's Singles.When Laver won his last CalendarSlam,GS draws were smaller— José Morgado (@josemorgado) June 5, 2016
It’s true that they still have more slams than he does, but Djokovic has now achieved something no other man has accomplished since 1969. He has won four majors in a row to complete the non-calendar year Grand Slam and is halfway towards the calendar year Grand Slam.
And even though Djokovic refused to say it, it is highly unlikely either Federer or Nadal will get the chance to match that before they decide to retire.
It is finally time to stop comparing Djokovic to his super rivals. He will never have Federer’s persona or Nadal’s battling energy. He may never tick every single box they did. But the Serb is undoubtedly a phenomenon and deserves to be respected for everything he has done so far.
The past 12 months will probably go down in history as the best in the modern era and he still has a chance to extend his slam streak as he enters Wimbledon as a clear favourite.
As for Murray, the Scot is slowly ticking boxes of his own and reaching the French Open final is a feat not to be belittled. He may be taking the scenic route, but Murray too is inching closer to adding a third major to his tally and his constant need to improve will no doubt take him places.