Only six men - Andre Agassi, Don Budge
, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver and Fred Perry - have won all four Major titles.
Nadal's win also meant Djokovic was denied a historic fourth slam title in a row after wins over his rival in London, New York and Australia, leaving Don Budge
and Rod Laver as the only men to have accomplished the feat.
Victory for Nadal would make him the first man to win seven titles at Roland Garros, one more than Bjorn Borg, while Djokovic could emulate Rod Laver and Don Budge
by holding all four grand slam titles at once.
American Don Budge
, in 1938, and Australian legend Rod Laver, in 1969, are the only men to win all the 'big trophies' in succession.
Only Laver, who also accomplished the feat in 1962, and American Don Budge
in 1938 have won four in a row in one calendar year,.
The world number one becomes the seventh man to achieve the feat - and the third youngest behind Rod Laver and Don Budge
Nadal had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon singles titles and by adding the US Open he joined Fred Perry, Don Budge
, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer as the only men to win the four majors.
The American Don Budge
, red-haired and homely, was born in Oakland, California, the son of a truck driver.
Not since Henry 'Bunny' Austin was defeated by America's Don Budge
in 1938 has a home player in the men's singles gone the distance.
Not since Henry 'Bunny' Austin was defeated in straight sets by America's Don Budge
in 1938 has a home player in the men's singles gone the distance in SW19.
Austin went on to reach the final at The Championships that year but lost to Don Budge
and was able to win just four games, Murray could go one step further.
Blue Square went 20-1 about Federer, who joins Fred Perry, Don Budge
, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver and Andre Agassi as the only players to have won all four Slams, capturing Wimbledon and US Open this year and the Australian Open next January, but they quickly halved their quote.
With A Terrible Splendor, Marshall Jon Fisher has taken McPhee's model and applied it to another match, a 1937 contest between American Don Budge
and Baron Gottfried von Cramm, playing for Nazi Germany.
Simpson, Phil Jackson, George Allen, Tommy Prothro, Mark McGwire, Bill Russell, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Dan Fouts, Janet Evans, Don Budge
, Norm Van Brocklin, Bill Sharman, Ann Meyers, Glenn Davis, Carson Palmer, Pete Sampras, Greg Lemond, Florence Griffith Joyner, Karch Kiraly, Bob Waterfield and Gail Goodrich -- they have to be part of the first California kids in the Hall group?
Agassi joined Don Budge
, Rod Laver, Fred Perry and Roy Emerson as the only players to win all four Grand Slam events when he triumphed at the French Open in 1999, and admitted: "The day I won in Paris was the day I knew I would never have another regret in my career.