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Djokovic joins greats with maiden French Open title

Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time.

The world number one recovered from a nervous start to impose his pace on Court Philippe Chatrier and clinch his 12th grand slam crown after three previous failures in a Roland Garros final.

Djokovic is only the third man after Don Budge and Rod Laver to hold the four majors at the same time, and the eighth man to triumph at Wimbledon and the French, U.S. and Australian Opens.

Murray played a perfect opening set, finding the right balance between defence and attack, but he was overwhelmed once Djokovic loosened up to avoid becoming the first man to lose his first four Roland Garros finals.

The Serb shook off late jitters to wrap things up on his third match point when Murray netted a backhand.

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