Djokovic Beats Murray to Win French Open

by John on June 5, 2016

Nole RG16 Trophy

Novak Djokovic completed a career Grand Slam by capturing his first French Open title Sunday afternoon, rallying past rival Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to finally hoist the Coupe des Mousquetaires after failing in three previous finals at Roland Garros. The top-ranked Serb became the eighth male player to win all four Grand Slams, and just the third to hold all four major crowns at the same time. Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and ’69) completed calendar year Grand Slams, while Djokovic won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year and the Australian Open this January. Djokovic, who has now won 12 majors, improved to 24-10 against the No. 2-ranked Murray, including 5-2 in Grand Slam finals. Nole broke at love to open the match, but Murray answered with two straight breaks and raced to a 4-1 lead. The Scot was pounding the ball with raw aggression and had Djokovic on his heels. Murray was holding nothing back and took the opening set with ease. After saving a break point in the opening game of the second set, Djokovic turned the tide and completely flipped the momentum with breaks in the second and sixth games. Nole served out the set and then parlayed breaks in the third and fifth games of the third set for a 4-1 lead. Murray, not throwing in the towel to conserve energy for the fourth set, dug in and forced four break-point opportunities against Djokovic’s serve in the next game, but the Serb erased them all and held. Another hold and Djokovic was in the driver’s seat with a two-sets to one lead. Nole grabbed a quick break to open the fourth set and another in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead. Murray broke back and held to force Djokovic to serve for the match a second time. The Serb succeeded this time, serving it out on his third championship point and collapsing on the court after three hours and three minutes of action. “I entered the court quite prepared,” Djokovic said. “I started well in first game and then I dropped four straight games. Nerves kicked in. I needed a little bit of time to really find the right rhythm and start to play the way I intended, which happened in the beginning of the second and practically until 5-2 in the fourth set. It was flawless tennis. I really felt like I played on a high quality and putting a lot of pressure on Andy’s serves and just trying to hang in there.” Djokovic hit 41 winners to 23 for Murray, while committing 37 unforced errors to 39 for the Scot. Nole saved seven of 10 break points, Murray seven of 14. “This is Novak’s day,” Murray said. “Winning all four Grand Slams at once is a great achievement. This is something that is so rare in tennis. What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. I’m proud to be part of it today.”

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