Serbia's Novak Djokovic was determined to win the French Open and complete a Calendar Grand Slam for the second time in his career but eventually failed in his attempt. It all appeared to be set for a blockbuster Djokovic and Rafael Nadal final as the Serb didn't drop a set in his first five matches played but then got edged out by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the semifinal 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5.
Many hoped to see a Djokovic and Nadal final as it would have been, without any doubt, one of the biggest Grand Slam finals in recent years. As part of his French Open build up, world No. 1 Djokovic win the Madrid Masters before he ended runner-up at the Rome Masters.
The Serb did all he could to put himself in the best possible position to be a top contender at the French Open as a lot was at the stake for him. Had Djokovic met Nadal and beaten him the final, he would have completed a second Calendar Grand Slam and become the first player ever to beat the Spaniard in a Roland Garros -- something which could have largely help him in his greatest player ever case.
In the end, Djokovic -- who has accomplished some of the toughest things in tennis -- fell just short of accomplishing one more.