World No.1 Novak Djokovic captured his maiden French Open crown last night with a four sets win over Andy Murray.
Not only did the win complete his trophy cabinet when it comes to the four tennis majors, but it made him just the third man to complete the much sought after ‘Grand Slam’.
For those not familiar with the term, a grand slam, in this context, is when one player holds the championship at each the Australian Open, US Open, Wimbledon and French Open at the same time.
As previously mentioned, only two men prior to Djokovic’s heroics in the history of tennis, had held all four majors at the same time, those being Don Budge and Australian Rod Laver, twice.
To put that into perspective, despite their dominance, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafa Nadal were unable to achieve the incredible fete.
Having won the Aussie open earlier in the year, Djokovic has a very real chance to turn his dominance into a calendar-year grand slam, where he would capture all four major titles in 2016.
With the US Open kicking off at the end of the month, few would be betting against the Serbian megastar from capturing his third major for the year, given his incredible form.
Although the surfaces are of course different, Djokovic as the defending US Open champion will enter as favourite.
The French Open win takes Novak’s career major wins to 12.
Given he is only 29 years of age, Roger Federer’s career grand slam winning record of 17 looks in serious danger.
Djokovic is now only two wins away from matching Rafa Nadal and Pete Sampras’s 14 grand slam wins.
Federer, who withdrew from the French Open tournament due to injury, is now 34 and hasn’t won a major single’s championship since Wimbledon in 2012, suggesting he may not be able to add to his incredible record of 17.
Nadal unfortunately has fallen away following injury after his dominance of 2012 through to 2014.
His last major win was the French Open in 2014. He has been unable to make a major final since.
Although Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka continue to improve, with Murray now firmly placed as the world number two, neither man looks like topping the Serbian any time soon.
In the ATP’s official rankings, Murray, at two, is ranked with 8,915 tour points. Djokovic tops the table with 16,950, highlighting the gap in class between the world number one and the chasing pack.
For those only familiar with Australia’s number one tennis star Nick Kyrgios, he is ranked at 21 in the world, with just 1,855 points.
To compare to the women’s side of the sport, the all-conquering Serena Williams is top of the women’s game on 8,330 points. Her closest rival, Garbine Muguruza, is on 6,766 points.
I am really running out of superlatives to describe the incredible Djokovic, and my money would firmly be on his capturing the calendar grand slam.
Right now, only injury, or the emergence of a freak young talent can stop him from capturing a further five titles and joining Federer on top of the tennis world.
Given the form and dominance of the champion, equally Fed’s record may only be five tournaments away.