On Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray to win his first French Open title, completing the career Grand Slam and making him the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major singles titles simultaneously.
With his victory, the world No. 1 also set up a potential run at the calendar-year Grand Slam at this year’s US Open – just one year after Serena Williams made a similar run, one that ended in an upset loss to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals.
Steffi Graf is the last player to claim the calendar Grand Slam, in 1988, with Laver in 1969 the last man to do so.
Djokovic is the first man to capture the first two legs of the Slam – the Australian Open and the French Open – since Jim Courier in 1992, and he’s better positioned than any man in recent memory to accomplish the feat. Unlike Courier, who never won Wimbledon or the US Open, Djokovic has claimed the title at the All England Club each of the past two years (three overall) and has reached the semifinals or better in Flushing Meadows nine years running, winning two and reaching the final in five of the last six.
A repeat of that success this summer and Djokovic will stand with very rare company. The only men to have won the Grand Slam are Don Budge (1938) and Laver (1962, 1969), and the only women are Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Graf (1988).