Novak Djokovic on Sunday vowed to battle on in his quest to win the French Open and complete his collection of all four Grand Slam titles.
Only seven men in history have swept the boards at Wimbledon, and the US, French and Australian Opens, and the achievement is held in the highest esteem in the tennis world.
But apart from a superb first set in Sunday's final at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal, Djokovic never really looked like adding his name to that list as he went down 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.
It was a hammer blow for the 27-year-old Serb, a six-time Grand Slam winner, but who has lost his last three finals in majors following his losses last year to Andy Murray at Wimbledon and Nadal at the US Open.
Despite losing to Nadal at Roland Garros in the last three years -- in the final of 2012 and the semifinals last year -- Djokovic said he still had hope, all the more so for the long standing ovation he received at the start of the prize ceremony.
"It was fantastic. I am so grateful for the opportunity to play here," he said.