World No. 2 Murray is shaping up as Djokovic’s greatest threat. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Pete Sampras won 14 majors but 13 times the great American tried to win the French Open and 13 times he failed.John McEnroe also flopped, the four-time U.S. Open and three-time Wimbledon winner having to console himself with a runners-up spot in Paris against Ivan Lendl in 1984 .Djokovic, with 11 majors under his belt, has come closer than all of them. He may be 8,000 points behind in the world rankings, but the former U.S. Open and Wimbledon winner has developed a taste for clay relatively late in his career.His 6-3, 6-3 win over Djokovic at the Foro Italico came on his 29th birthday. It was the first title in Rome by a British player since Patrick Hughes in 1931 and ended Djokovic's 17-match winning streak against top 10 opponents.Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal could be the kingmaker in Paris where he will be seeded at four and a likely semifinal opponent for either Djokovic or Murray.
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