1/28/2019 7:26:02 PM (GMT+3)

Djokovic eyes Rod Laver’s Slam record at French Open

Djokovic eyes Rod Laver’s Slam record at French Open

KOLKATA: The Australian Open final at the Rod Laver arena on Sunday witnessed an exciting battle where the world No.1 Novak Djokovic was up against a rejuvenated Rafa Nadal.  

The pair had met only once in the 2012, which ended after a record-breaking 5hr 53min slugfest and longest in Grand Slam history. 

Nadal was confident following his return from a spate of injuries, but Djokovic proved lethal as his shots were loaded with firepower that blew away Spaniard.

The comeback hero, who also had injury-ravaged 2018 campaigns, crushed the clay-court specialist 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win his seventh Australian Open and 15th Grand Slam crown in just 2hr 4min.

After the Oz success, the Serb would now turn his attention on Roland Garros where he will seek to become the only man in the Open Era to win all four majors twice.

Australian legend Rod Laver is the only player to have achieved this unique record in 1962 and 1969.

Djokovic has already completed a hat-trick of Slam wins following his victory at the Wimbledon and US Open last year. He had earlier bagged all four Slams from 2015 Wimbledon to 2016 French Open.

Should he hold aloft the trophy on the red-clay in Paris, the Serb will etch his name in the pantheon of sporting greats as neither Nadal nor Roger Federer has achieve the feat in their illustrious careers. (Pic Credit: Novak Djokovic/Twitter)