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To be fair, they are quite large shadows—those of current No. 1 and No. 2 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Novak Djokovic was the hottest player coming into the tournament, having not lost a match all year. His streak continued in dominating fashion at Roland Garros, as he only dropped two sets through the quarterfinals.
But in the semifinals, Djokovic met Federer, and his run finally ended, dropping to the all-time great in four sets.
Djokovic is still a force to be reckoned with, to be sure. But whereas a French Open title and a record-making winning streak would have propelled him into a genuine comparison with Nadal and Federer, he is instead left just behind the top two, though with plenty of time still on his side.
Many believed this was Djokovic's tournament, some going as far to say he was guaranteed to win. But, hey, everybody is wrong once in a while...