'Greatest of all time!' How Twitterati reacted to Novak Djokovic winning maiden French Open
Twitter exploded moments after Djokovic hit the final shot to confirm his championship success. Here is a selection of the top tweets.
Novak Djokovic has become just the eighth man in history to have won all four of tennis' Grand Slams, after the Serbian World No 1 clinched his first French Open title on Sunday. Djokovic overcame the challenge of Briton Andy Murray in the title clash, winning the tie 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. With it, Djokovic has now won 12 Grand Slam titles, just five short of Roger Federer's record of 17.
Moments after Djokovic hit the final shot to confirm his championship success, Twitter exploded in a flurry of congratulatory messages. Here is a selection of the top tweets:
Big Croat Ivo Karlovic got the ball rolling, calling Djoker the greatest tennis player of all time.
Nole the true goat!!
— ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) June 5, 2016
Andy Murray's coach Jamie Delgado was left shattered by Djokovic's performance, but vowed to return stronger at next month's Wimbledon championships.
Gutted...Wimbledon can't come quick enough..
— jamie delgado (@DelgadoJamie) June 5, 2016
South African tennis player Kevin Anderson sought inspiration from Djokovic's win.
— Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) June 5, 2016
Dinara Safina, a two-time finalist at Roland Garros, recognised that Djokovic had now done what she couldn't.
— Dinara Safina (@Dinarik27) June 5, 2016
The official Roland Garros account acknowledged a new champ
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) June 5, 2016
India's Mahesh Bhupathi also backed Djokovic to be named as the greatest player of his era.
When the Tennis World debate who the Greatest of this Era is.@DjokerNole holding all 4 slams at the same time could should be the difference
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) June 5, 2016
Djokovic's coach Boris Becker, himself a tennis star par excellence, directed people's attention to what the world no 1 has just achieved.
— Boris Becker (@TheBorisBecker) June 5, 2016
Big serving Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, part of many a duel with Djokovic down the years, said the Serb is "making history".
Idemo Nole! You are making history! Congrats Andy for a great tournament!
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) June 5, 2016
Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, who has coached 10 world number 1 players, including Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, etc, also called Djokovic's achievements "historic".
— Nick Bollettieri (@NickBollettieri) June 5, 2016
With Murray and Djokovic clashing for the 34th time on the ATP tour, their respective mothers — Judy Murray and Djana Djokovic — have become fast friends off the court. While the sons were battling on Sunday, the mothers found time for a glass of champagne.
— judy murray (@judmoo) June 5, 2016
With inputs from AFP
Djokovic was among several players to test positive after last year's event, which was held in front of thousands of fans with no social distancing.
The French Tennis Federation said it hoped the delay could enable more fans to attend if COVID-19 restrictions are eased by then.
The tournament at Le Golf National was due to be staged two weeks before the French Open tennis grand slam at Roland Garros.