Paris: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray meet in a seventh Grand Slam final today with the clock ticking on their French Open title aspirations.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during a training session on eve of the French Open final in Paris on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
World No 1 Djokovic, the winner of 11 majors, is bidding for a first French Open to become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam.
Victory today would also give him the ‘Novak Slam’ as he already holds the Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles. But the 29-year-old has lost all three finals he has made in Paris.
Murray, also 29 and a rival of Djokovic since their junior days, has previously fallen three times at the semi-final stages. The last British man to win in Paris was Fred Perry in 1935 while Bunny Austin was the last finalist from his country in 1937.
"It’s obviously a very big match for both of us. Novak trying to win the career slam and me trying to win my first French Open," said Murray, aware that even Roger Federer needed 11 visits to Paris to win his first and only French Open.
Matches played 33
Djokovic won 23
Murray won 10