Novak Djokovic came back from a set down to win the only grand slam that alluded him from holding all four grand slam titles at the same time. The Serb closed out the match with the scoreline of 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in just over three hours against the World Number two, Andy Murray.
Having lost on the same surface in their last encounter at the Rome Masters just before the French Open, the Novak was eager to seek revenge against his childhood rival and friend.
The World Number One started with all guns blazing, breaking Murray to love. However, Murray came back strongly with a great display of both offensive and defensive play by winning the next four games and holding on to seal the first set in just over an hour.
However, the second set was a complete turnaround, with Djokovic becoming more accustomed to his surroundings and playing with more confidence and conviction, whereas Murray’s aggression significantly dropped, resorting to a more defensive style of play. Djokovic wrapped up the set with ease, with a 6-1 scoreline.
The third set followed a similar pattern to the second , with Djokovic dominating from all areas of the court, winning all service games and converting two break points to seal the set 6-2.
Djokovic gained an early advantage in the fourth and final set and created an opportunity to serve for the Championship at 5-2. However, it was evident that the Serb was incredibly anxious to close out the match, having faltered three times prior at this stage of the tournament. Murray was consequently able to capitalise on this opportunity by breaking back and comfortably holding his own serve. However, Djokovic held his composure and eventually won the match on his third Championship point.
The Serb now has 12 Grand Slam titles under his name and is the first men’s singles tennis player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles simultaneously. However, there are still a couple of high profile tournaments Djokovic is yet to win including the Cincinatti Masters and the Olympic Games coming up in August.
The Djoker slam:
Wimbledon 2015: Djokovic def Federer 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3
US Open 2015: Djokovic def Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Australian Open 2016: Djokovic def Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6(3)
French Open 2016: Djokovic def Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4