Novak Djokovic clinched his maiden French Open title, defeating Andy Murray after some stunning display in the final, with the Serbian showing great power and consistency. Djokovic has completed a career Grand Slam with this win over Murray, where the score read 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
This title-decider against Murray was Djokovic's fourth French Open final, but the Serbain had failed to win in his last three attempts. Hence, Djokovic was in no mood to finish runners-up once again. He lost to clay-king Rafael Nadal twice and failed to get past Stan Wawrinka last year. But, 2016 proved to be his year with sublime tennis, not only against Murray in the final, but was consistent throughout the competition as well.
Though Djokovic was outplayed in the first set by Murray, the world number one looked in a league of his own second set onwards. After going a set down, Djokovic, who is regarded as one of the best players to have graced the sport, showed his class to win his first Grand Slam on clay.
Murray might have lost the final, but he did give his best against Djokovic in the match, and the top seed proved to be too good, especially in the second, third and fourth set, where he was almost flawless.
The second seed started the match brilliantly, hitting some powerful shots. With Murray taking a 4-1 lead in the first set after some great tennis, the British player clinched it, 6-3.
But Djokovic came back strong in the second set. In fact, the Serbian came up with an improved performance, and looked better, with those powerful shots and better service game. If Murray looked better in the first set, Djokovic, who hit 11 winners in the second set, dominated Murray, winning it 6-1.
Djokovic's game looked further amazing as the court played much quicker in the third set, and the Serbian always relishes such conditions. As a result of which Djokovic was dominating in the rallies as well. Despite some valiant effort, Murray could not stop Djokovic, who was comfortable when Murray played those drop shots as well.
After Djokovic won the third set, the top seed, after playing some sensational tennis in the second and third, had his eyes on the trophy. If Murray wanted to stretch the match to five sets, he had to get his plan right in the fourth set. The British star came close at 2-3 down, but Djokovic won the next two games to move closer to that elusive title.
Though Djokovic was just one game closer to the title, Murray was not giving up, and fought well to win the next two on a trot. After a close 10th game in the fourth set, Djokovic finally clichÃ©d the title, which he was longing for.
Djokovic was easily the better of the two finalists on Sunday, and rightfully deserved to be crowned French Open 2016 champion.