French Open champion, Novak Djokovic, has described his victory as one of the most beautiful in his career and says being a part of the Federer/Nadal era has been a career boost.
Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title.
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.
For Andy Murray, reaching the French Open final was a bonus, but he was in no mood to look for silver linings in the aftermath of yet another grand slam reverse at the hands of Novak Djokovic.
It was his fifth loss in seven blue riband finals against the Serbian world number one, and his eighth out of 10 finals in all.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza outclassed world number one Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first grand slam title at the French Open.
Fourth seed Muguruza won 7-5 6-4 to make amends for losing last year’s Wimbledon final against the American.
The 22-year-old is Spain’s first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.
“This is the big tournament in Spain and Rafa (Nadal) is our champion,” she said courtside, referring to the nine-times men’s winner who pulled out injured last week.
Serena had hoped to win a 22nd grand slam singles and tie Steffi Graf’s open-era record.
Fourth seed, Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the French Open due to a wrist injury.
The nine-time champion on Friday said that he had to retire from the tournament due to a problem in his wrist.
“It’s not broken, but if I continue to play it will be broken in a few days. This is a very bad position, but that’s life.
“If this was not Roland Garros, I probably would not have taken the risk of playing in the first couple of days,” he told the media.
Nadal’s withdrawal has granted his third round opponent, Marcel Granollers a walkover into the round of 16.
This injury, which makes Nadal a major doubt for the start of Wimbledon, is also a good news for Novak Djokovic who is hoping to win his first French Open title.
Defending champion Andy Murray marched into the final of the Madrid Open after defeating home favourite Rafa Nadal for the second successive year.
The British world number 2 ended Nadal’s 13-match unbeaten run on clay after looking back to his best on his favoured surface with victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona in recent weeks.
Murray sealed a devastating 7-5 6-4 victory to send him through to Sunday’s final where he will play world number one, Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was made to sweat before overcoming Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 in 1 hour 59 minutes on Saturday.
The 2011 champion escaped early trouble, coming under pressure in his first three service games when Nishikori claimed 14 of the first 19 baseline points and registered the first 10 winners of the match.
But Djokovic would survive in the ensuing tie-break, converting his fifth match point for the victory.
Murray, who has won seven of his last eight matches on clay, needs to win the title to avoid being overtaken by Roger Federer in the rankings.
World number five, Rafael Nadal is hoping to continue his perfect form as he arrives in Spain ahead of the Madrid Masters.
The Spaniard is coming off two straight titles.
Another win at his home masters, which will feature all top-10 players, would re-establish him as a leading contender heading into Roland Garros, which starts May 16.
World number one, Novak Djokovic and number two, Andy Murray have also expressed cautious optimism on their expectations in Madrid.
Meanwhile, former world number one, Roger Federer has pulled out of the Madrid tournament with a back injury.
The Swiss great travelled to the Spanish capital for the tournament but was unable to practice and announced his withdrawal earlier on Monday.
The 17-time grand slam champion hopes to be back for the Rome Masters in one week.
Serena Williams recorded an easy passage as she majestically strolled into the semi-final of the Rome Masters on Friday when Italian Flavia Pennetta gave up her chance for a place in the semi-finals as she left with a right wrist injury.
Ranked 21, Flavia was treated when she called for medical attention with 3-0 down after which she decided to quit when the scoreline was 4-0 and 40-0 against and in favour of Serena Williams.
According Serena she wasn’t happy with her mode of qualification but it was nice to have a semi-day off.
The American will be meeting China’s Li Na in the semi-final who is the defending champion of the French Open, a match Serena qualified as a test for her playing ability, an ability that won her the Madrid title last week.
Li Na beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-6 to reach the semis.
Williams is looking forward to the French Open also as she displayed confident ahead of the Open come May 27th.
After being side-lined from July 2010 to June 2011 because of a blood clot in one of her lungs, the world number six said she was now feeling more confident than last summer, when she won back-to-back tournaments before losing in the final at the U.S. Open.
Meanwhile in the men’s game, Rafa Nadal flowed into the semi-final of the Italian Open in fashion he has never done in months as he struck his mark better with an impressive 6-4 7-5 victory over Czech Tomas Berdych today.
Nadal who is presently rated number three in the world is aiming to clinch the title a sixth time as he came from behind to claim victory against the Czech.
Spaniard David Ferrer will be his next opponent in the semis as Ferrer also edged out Frenchman Richard Gasquest with 7-6 6-3 scoreline.
Later today, World number one Novak Djokovic will be facing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France while Roger Federer, the winner in Madrid for the men’s will face Italian Andreas Seppi.
Fierce-fighting Serena Williams showed her usual style of fierceness on the clay court against Nadia Petrova from a set down to blast past the Russian in the second round of the $2.2 million clay court tournament, the Rome Masters.
Seeded ninth on the table of ranking, Serena showed her worth when with a little over two hours dispatched Petrova with a final score line of 4-6,6-2,6-3 to emerge winner.
The 13-time Grand Slam winner is to face Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the third round.
In the women’s draw, Maria Sharapova reached the third round with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over American Christina McHale on Tuesday, but will not be joined by her fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who lost 7-5, 6-4 to world No. 4 Petra Kvitova.
Also, world No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro ended the Russian men’s charge after knocking out the country’s No. 1 Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-2.
The only other Russian man in the Rome draw, Alex Bogomolov Jr., lost in the first round to 13th seed Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-1.