Novak Djokovic lauded Sunday’s French Open final victory over Andy Murray as “the biggest moment” of his career after the Serb became just the third man to hold all four Grand Slams at the same time.
World number one Djokovic rallied from losing the opening set to down Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 and join Don Budge and Rod Laver as the only players to simultaneously possess the French Open, Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon trophies.
“It’s a very special moment, perhaps the biggest moment of my career,” said Djokovic.
“It’s nice to see the sun has finally come out after ten days of rain, and it was great to see many fans for this final and I hope you enjoyed watching our tennis.
“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 (Gustavo Kuerten), which he gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court.”
Murray suffered an eighth major final defeat in 10 appearances, five of which have been inflicted by Djokovic, but the Briton was quick to lavish praise on his opponent.
“What he’s achieved, the last 12 months is phenomenal, winning all the Grand Slams in one year is an amazing achievement,” said Murray.
“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.”
In all, eight men have completed the career Grand Slam but even Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson and Fred Perry were unable to claim all four at the same time.