Everything is achievable: Novak Djokovic after French Open victory
Novak Djokovic insists the enticing prospect of becoming only the third man to sweep a calendar Grand Slam and the first since Rod Laver in 1969 is 'achievable'
Paris: Novak Djokovic insists the enticing prospect of becoming only the third man to sweep a calendar Grand Slam and the first since Rod Laver in 1969 is 'achievable'.
The morning after: Novak Djokovic poses with the French Open trophy at Place de la Concorde in Paris yesterday. Pic/AFP
The World No 1 captured a first French Open at the 12th time of asking on Sunday, becoming just the third man in history to hold all four majors at the same time.
The 29-year-old's 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Andy Murray allowed him to claim a 12th major and join Don Budge, in 1938, and Laver, in 1962 and 1969, as the only players to simultaneously possess the French Open, Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon trophies.
"Well, I don't want to sound arrogant, but I really think everything is achievable in life," said the Serb.
"You know, winning this trophy today gave me so much happiness and fulfilment. I'm trying to grasp and I'm trying to cherish, obviously, these moments right now. Whether or not I can reach a calendar slam, that's still a possibility."
Courier had a chance
The last player to even have the chance of a calendar Grand Slam at this stage of the season was America's Jim Courier who won the Australian Open and French Open back-to-back in 1992. But he failed while even the likes of Djokovic's biggest contemporary rivals,
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have never yet even held all four majors at the same time even though they have completed career Grand Slams.
Djokovic's first French Open title came after heartbreaking losses in his three previous finals in Paris.