Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Andy Murray of Britain during men's singles final match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France, June 5, 2016. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS)
PARIS: Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Sunday won his first French Open
title, after defeating Britain's Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in 3
hours and three minutes in an overcast day here, thus becoming the
eighth man in history to complete the career Grand Slam.
It was his fourth Grand Slam title in a row. The last man to hold all titles at the same time was Rod Laver in 1969.
crowd has not always been in the favour of Djokovic in previous years
but this year he has had to overcome the heavy conditions by playing
three matches on four consecutive days and he garnered a lot of the
support of spectators after his celebratory dance with the ball kids
after winning the matches. The atmosphere at times was more like that of
Davis Cup rather than a Grand Slam. Ironically it was Murray who had
spent more time on court as compared to Djokovic.
It was the
British World No.2 who made the stronger start as he won four of the
first five games after dropping serve in the opening game. He was able
to dictate play with his powerful serve and then easily served out the
set at 6-3.
In the second set, Murray got an early break point
but Djokovic snuffed that out and held serve in the opening game.
Murray's first serve began to falter and the World No.1 was able to
gradually stamp his authority on the match with his aggressive returns
and dominated proceedings.
In the third set, Murray checked the
onslaught by holding in the first game but at 1-1, some poor volleying
from Murray enabled Djokovic to reach breakpoint and he broke serve on
another simple volley error from Murray.
Thereafter Murray was
in constant trouble on his serve and the Serbian was quick to run down a
good drop shot to hit a cross court winner for the double break to 4-1.
Murray, to his credit, showed character gaining four breakpoints but
couldn't get the vital break and he went down two sets to one.
now had the momentum and quickly went up 2-0. Soon it was 5-2 and
Djokovic was serving for title at 5-2. The Serbian showed he was human
showing some nerves with a double fault and Murray seized the
opportunity to break serve.
At the second time of asking,
Djokovic reached double championship point after Murray missed a lob.
Again there was drama as Murray saved both. However, on his third
championship point, Murray's backhand won the net and Djokovic fell on
his back after completing a famous victory.