Sun shines as Djokovic completes grand slam sweep in Paris

The sun emerged on cue for delighted Novak Djokovic, who clinched a career dream on Sunday as he won the French Open over Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 and claimed a rare grand slam title sweep.

The clouds parted after 10 days of cold and rain only moments after the Serb became only the third to hold all four grand slam singles titles at the same time. He won his third match point as Murray drove a backhand into the net.

The last to hold all four titles was Rod Laver in 1969 and Don Budge three decades previously.

"This is truly a special moment for me, maybe the biggest emotion of my career," Djokovic said. "It was a pleasure to see so many fans here for the final."

Djokovic beat Murray in just over three hours for the 13th time in their last 15 matches, erasing the Scot's Rome title victory of three weeks ago.

Murray lost his second slam final of the season to his Serbian rival, who has won 12 grand slam titles.

"It's an amazing achievement, this is something very rare in tennis," Murray said.

"Winning all four slams is something that is so rare in tennis. It's not happened for an extremely long time and it will take a long time for it to happen again.

"Being on the opposite side of the net - it sucks to lose the match, but I'm proud to have been a part of it today."

Djokovic is the first man in 24 years to win the first two slams of the season. He stands 12-8 in his last 20 finals at the majors and is now 1-3 in finals at Roland Garros.

Djokovic, beaten in the final a year ago by Stan Wawrinka, recovered after a slow-starting first set, in which he broke Murray to love in the opening game only to lose it after 48 minutes.

But a turnaround was not far away, with the number one shifting momentum to frustrate the Scot on the way to victory for a record of 24-10 over Murray. Djokovic was playing in his sixth consecutive final at a grand slam and 20th major final overall.

"It was a pleasure to play Andy and share a special moment on court," Djokovic said. "Someone had to lose, but I'm sure we will be seeing you with the big trophies in the future."

Djokovic has now won 28 straight grand slam matches, and now owns six titles in 2016.

Murray was hoping to become the first British man to win the Paris title since Fred Perry in 1935.

Last update: Sun, 05/06/2016 - 21:52
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