French Open Day 15: Djokovic proves too good for Murray to complete career grand slam

World number one Novak Djokovic finally completed his career grand slam, as the Serbian came from a set down to beat second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to win his first French Open title.

The world number one had failed at three previous finals at Roland Garros but in his third straight French Open final, Djokovic would not be denied as he became only the third man in history to complete a non-calendar year grand slam.

Novak Djokovic now holds all four major grand slam titles image: theguardian.com

Novak Djokovic now holds all four major grand slam titles
image: theguardian.com

However, the Serbian had to do it the hard way as he lost the first and with early break point exchanges in the first set, it was Murray who gained the early advantage as Djokovic sent a forehand too long.

Djokovic showed signs of life trailing 4-2 but Murray held serve and took the first set 6-3 and despite the top seed saving two set points, Murray sealed it on the third when Djokovic had to scramble across the court only to hit the ball into the net.

The Serbian still struggled in his opening service game of the second set as Murray double faulted to miss the opening break and it was Djokovic who got the first break of the set after another double-fault from the Scotsman.

From there, Djokovic took a stronghold on the set and broke Murray again as he slotted a backhand down the line onto an open court and held serve to level the match at 1-1 as Djokovic looped in a deceptive second serve that Murray can only send into the net.

It was all the top seed again in the third set as Djokovic broke the British number one twice to race into a 4-1 lead and Murray spurned four beak points to try to find a way back into the set but he sent a return effort too long.

Djokovic made no mistake in holding serve to win the third set 6-3 and although Murray did save two set points, a forehand too far from the Glaswegian saw the world number one move to within one set of victory. .

There were no signs of a Murray fight back in the fourth set as Djokovic broke the Scot’s serve in the first game and had to did deep to win his first point of the fourth set as Djokovic sent a shot just past the baseline.

Andy Murray still waits for a third grand slam title image: rte.ie

Andy Murray still waits for a third grand slam title
image: rte.ie

Another break point for the Serbian with a whipping forehand into an open court put him 5-2 up to serve for the title, but Murray grabbed a massive break point with a speedy backhand and reduced the deficit to 5-4.

Djokovic served for the title again and despite spurning two championship points, he bagged his 12th grand slam title on the third attempt when Murray hit a backhand into the net.

More results from the final day of all the action at Roland Garros can be found at this link.

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