Novak Djokovic won the 2011 US Open over defending champion Rafael Nadal Monday night in four sets. It looked like a runaway, with Djokovic taking the first two sets (6-2, 6-4) and leading the third 5-3, but Nadal fought back taking the third set 7-6 in a tiebreaker.
Djokovic took over again in the fourth, though, clearing the court of Nadal, who often looked overmatched and fatigued throughout the evening, 6-1.
With the US Open victory, Novak Djokovic took three of the year’s majors: the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal took, and pretty much owns, the French Open title. Nadal has won six of the last seven French Opens and is the primary reason Roger Federer never won the single-season grand slam.
In fact, only three tennis players have won the single-season grand slam during the open era (1968-present): one man and two women.
More have held all four major titles at the same time (over two years). Just one more though.
More still have the career grand slam – winning at least one of every major over the course of their career. Ten players have achieved that.
Finally, as for three majors in a single season, that’s happened 20 times.
Today’s list covers all of those major, major winners (singles events, open era):
|Single-Season Grand Slams|
|Multiple-Season Grand Slams|
|1.||Margaret Court||Australia||1969-70, 1970-1971|
|3.||Steffi Graf||Germany||1988-1989, 1993-1994|
|Career Grand Slam (in order of achievement & including the above)|
|3.||Billie Jean King||U.S.A.|
|Three of Four Majors in One Year||AUS||FRE||WIM||US|
|2.||Billie Jean King||U.S.A||1972||*||*||*|