French Open 2016, men's final: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray - As it happened...

Djokovic was deprived of a career slam last year after suffering a heart-breaking defeat against Wawrinka.

By Suyash Srivastava | Updated: Jun 05, 2016, 23:20 PM IST
French Open 2016, men's final: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray - As it happened...

New Delhi: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated World No. 2 Andy Murray to clinch his maiden French Open title.

The Serb defeated old friend and rival Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to claim his 12th Grand Slam title. With his superlative performance, Djoker joined Don Budge in 1938 and Rod Laver, in 1962 and 1969, as the only players to simultaneously possess the French Open, Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon trophies.​ (READ: Full Match Report)


French Open 2016 final: As it happened -

FOURTH SET: Djokovic wins it 6-4

Djokovic to serve again for the set and the championship. Murray wins the first point again as Djokovic's shot went long, 0-15. Djokovic won the first point of the game, as he played a slice shot and Murray hit one into the nets, 15-15. Djokovic's first serve hit the nets, second saw excellent exchange of shots between the two, Murray played a drop shot and Djokovic once again pounced on it and hit it the way he does so often for a winner, 30-15. Murray hits one long, crowd erupts, Djokovic leads 40-15, two match points for the World No. 1! Nole's first serve crashed into the nets, Double fault from Djokovic at this big moment, 40-30 – still one set point remaining for Djokovic. Can he make it count? Djokovic hits one wide, he looks under tremendous pressure and Murray has done exceptionally well to make another fightback here under precarious circumstances. Deuce, 40-40. Djokovic takes the advantage with a volley winner. Another opportunity, third match point for him! Both the players exchange another lenghty rally, Murray hits one into the nets and Djokovic Completes His Career Slam, wins his Maiden French Open title!

09:40 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 5-4

Murray to serve to stay in the match. Djokovic won the first point with a brilliant forehand winner, 0-15. Murray won the next point as he made Djokovic stretch to his left and as a result of it, the Serb's shot went way wide, 15-15. Good wide serve from Murray, Djokovic's return went into the nets, 30-15. Murray's first serve went wide, second saw good exchange of shots, Murray finally won it after Djokovic's forehand went long, 40-15 – two huge game points for Murray! Djokovic saves the first one as Murray's forehand goes into the nets, 40-30. Murray holds on as Djokovic's backhand crashes into the nets! Brilliant comeback this from the Scot!

09:34 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 5-3

Djokovic to serve for the set, the match and his maiden French Open title. He won the first point easily, 15-0. Djokovic played another drop shot, Murray picked it the way the Serb does and won the point, 15-15. Murray won the next point as well with a backhand winner, 15-30. Djokovic's first serve went wide and the second richoted off the nets and fell in his side of the court, 15-40, two MASSIVE break points for Murray! Djokovic once again came to the nets, Murray it a passing winner to break his serve! This could be a huge moment in the match!

09:30 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 5-2

Murray to serve. Djokovic won the first two points to take a 30-0 lead. Djokovic played a slice and Murray's return went wide, 0-40, three massive break points for the World No. 1. Djokovic sends Murray running to his left side of the court and then hits a winner on the open court. Murray had no chance there and he has been broken, in a very comprehensive manner by the Serb!

09:27 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 4-2

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Good return of serve from Murray, who also played a feeble drop shot, Djokovic pounced on it and won the point with a volley winner, 30-0. Murray's return of serve crashed into the nets, 40-0, three game points for the Serb. Djokovic won the game with a good second serve.

09:23 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 3-2

Murray to serve. Murray was leading 40-30 in the game, when he made a double fault, to bring the game to deuce, 40-40. Murray's cross-court forehand went long, advantage Djokovic! Murray saved the point by returning Djokovic's drop shot and made him stretch as a result of which the Serb's shot went long, deuce again, 40-40. Djokovic once again came to the nets to build more pressure, Murray hit a wonderful cross-court backhand to decode him and win the point, advantage Murray! Djokovic tried another drop shot, missed it again as it was short. Murray holds to his serve!

09:15 pm -FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 3-1

Djokovic to serve. He started off with a good wide serve, Murray's return went long, 15-0. He won the next point to extend his lead to 30-0. Poor shot from Murray, 40-0, three game points. Easy service game for Djokovic.

09:12 pm -FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 2-1

Murray to serve. Djokovic, who is totally in command, wins the first point with a drop volley, 0-15. Djokovic's forehand cross-court from right corner goes wide, 15-15. Murray won the next point, 30-15. Murray once again won the next point after dominating the rally, 40-15. Djokovic fought back and won the next two points to get the game on deuce, 40-40. Murray took the advantage with a volley winner and crowd cheered for him since they want a long match here. Murray's forehand went wide, deuce again, 40-40. Murray once again took the advantage and held his serve as Djokovic's shot went long.

09:04 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 2-0

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Murray won the second point as Djoker's shot crashed into the nets, 15-15. Murray once again showed great defence, but lost the rally after hitting long, 30-15. Djokovic won the next two points to seal the game.

08:59 pm - FOURTH SET: Djokovic leads 1-0

Murray to serve. Djokovic won the first point as Murray once again failed to return his wel timed drop shot, 0-15. Djokovic once again stuns Murray, as he runs and plays an incredible drop volley, Murray kept chasing the ball, 0-30. Murray hits one into the nets, 0-40. Three break points for Djokovic. Murray clearly needs to regroup himself and focus on the match and nothing else. Murray saves the first break point by dominating the point and finally winning it as Djokovic hit one long, 15-40. Djokovic breaks again as Murray's shot finds the net.


08:53 pm - THIRD SET: Djokovic wins it 6-2

Djokovic to serve for the set. He won three easy points, 40-0. Three set points for the World No. 1. Murray won the next two points, 40-30. Djokovic seals the game as Murray's shot was called long, replays suggested it just landed on the baseline. Nole leads by two sets and Murray now has some work to do!

08:48 pm - THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 5-2

Murray to serve. The Briton wins the first point, 15-0. He wins the second point as well as after dominating the point, Djokovic hits a forehand into the nets, 30-15. Murray wins the next point with a brilliant cross-court forehand winner! Novak applauded that one – not many would do that at this point in the match! Murray lets one go, 40-15. Djokovic's stupendous forehand return of serve is too hot to handle for the World No. 1, 40-30. But Murray finally holds as a result of a good first serve.

08:44 pm - THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 5-1

Djokovic to serve. Murray surprises Djokovic with a well executed drop shot, 0-15. Murray won the next two points, 15-30. Murray put Djokovic under pressure by coming to the nets, Djokovic hit a lob shot which went long, 15-40, so now Murray has two break points! Djokovic saves the first one with a backhand winner, 30-40. Excellent defence from Djokovic, sent Murray running towards his left and then hit his return for a volley winner, two break points saved, it's deuce now, 40-40. Good return of serve from Murray, advantage Murray, his third break point of the game. Djokovic serves an ace at the crucial juncture, deuce again, 40-40. Djokovic's forehand goes slightly wide, advantage Murray, his fourth break point of the game. Wide serve from Djokovic, Murray's return riocheted off the nets and went wide, deuce again, 40-40. Now Djokovic gets the advantage with a good serve. Murray came to the nets, Djokovic saw an opportunity and hit one past him but it went long, deuce again, 40-40. This is proving to be a very tiring game for both the players. Murray's backhand goes long, and Djokovic has the advantage again! Djokovic finally seals the game as Murray has wasted four break points in this pivotal game.

08:34 pm - THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 4-1

Murray to serve. Both players won one point apiece, 15-15. Djokovic extended his lead to 15-30. Murray is looking off-colour again as Djokovic leads 15-40. Again two break points for the World No. 1. Murray saves the first one, 30-40. But he cannot keep winning them, as Nole shows his class again, comes to the nets and hits another perfect cross court drop shot to break Murray's serve, yet again!

08:29 pm - THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 3-1

Djokovic to serve. Murray's backhand goes wide, 15-0. Djokovic's forehand went long, 15-15. Djokovic once again played his cheeky cross court drop shot, missed the timing as it went into the nets, 15-30. Murray's return of serve goes into the nets, 30-30. Djokovic sealed the game by winning the next two points!

08:23 pm - THIRD SET: Djokovic leads 2-1

Murray to serve. He wins the first point, 15-0. Djokovic wins the next point, 15-15. Djokovic wins the next point, 15-30. Djokovic once again came to the nets and slapped a forehand pass for a winner, 15-40, two break points again for Djokovic. Murray saved one of them as Djokovic's forehand went wide, 30-40. Djokovic breaks again as Murray misses out on an easy volley winner opportunity from the nets.

08:21 pm - THIRD SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. Brilliant exchange of shots from the nets, Djokovic finally stunned Murray with a brilliant shot, Murray had no answer there, 15. Murray bounced back and hit a poweful forehand winner from the nets, 15-15. Djokovic wins the next point, 30-15. Both the players won a point apiece, 40-30. Djokovic's backhand riocheted off the nets and went wide, deuce, 40-40. Another superb rally between the two, exchange of classy shots before Murray hit one wide, advantage Djokovic. Djokovic seals the game with a powerful forehand winner.

08:14 pm - THIRD SET: Murray leads 1-0

Murray to serve. He won the first point and Djokovic won the second, 15-15. Murray won the next one, 30-15. Djokovic won the next point, 30-30. Murray wins the next two points to hold his serve!


08:06 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic wins it 6-1

Djokovic to serve for the set. He starts by winning the first point, 15-0. He follows it by winning another point, 30-0. Djokovic's backhand goes wide, 30-15. Djokovic hits a brilliant cross court forehand winner from the right corner of the court, 40-15, two set points for him. And he does it! Murray's shot is in the nets as crowd goes wild backing the World No. 1!

08:02 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 5-1

Murray to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Djokovic bounced back with a backhand winner, 30-0. Murray missed out on an easy backhand winner, as his shot went into the nets, 15-30. Djokovic shows his class once again, Murray plays a drop shot, Djokovic sprints, gets there and whips it towards the other side past a clueless Murray, 15-40, two more break points for Djokovic! Djokovic seals the game with another winner!

07:57 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 4-1

Djokovic to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Good wide serve from Djokovic, 30-0. Murray's cross court forehand went wide, 40-0. Djokovic tried playing a drop shot, landed short, 15-40. Djokovic holds yet again to seal the game.

07:53 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 3-1

Murray to serve. Djokovic won the first two points, 30-15. Murray was back in game by winning the third point, 15-30. Murray's forehand once again went long, 15-40, two break points for Djokovic again. Good play from Murray, saves a break point, 30-40. Murray once again plays extremely well, Djokovic played one towards Murray's extreme right, it looked like a winner but Murray brought the ball back in the game and Djokovic, who was surprised with the return, hit one into the nets, 40-40, deuce! Djokovic hit one wide, advantage Murray. Murray served an ace to seal the game. Great fightback, he was trailing 15-40.

07:46 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 3-0

Djokovic to serve. Murray won the first point, 0-15. Djokovic bounced back with a cross-court forehand winner, 15-15. Djokovic came to the nets, pretended to be playing towards Murray's right, hit towards the left for a cheeky winner, 30-15. Murray's backhand riocheted off the nets, landed wide, 40-15, two game points for Djokovic. Murray's shot went long, Djokovic holds again!

07:43 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 2-0

Murray to serve. Djokovic wins the first point as Murray hits a forehand into the nets, 0-15. Murray once again hit one long, 0-30. Momentum shifting towards Djokovic. Murray wins the first point of the game, sends Djokovic running towards his left and the return went way wide, 15-30. Murray attempted another drop shot, it fell short and at 15-40, Djokovic has two break points! Djokovic's return of serve went long, 30-40, a break point remaining for Djokovic. Double fault from Murray and Djokovic has broken too! Looks like a long match on the cards.

07:37 pm - SECOND SET: Djokovic leads 1-0

Djokovic to serve. He starts with a good wide serve, followed by a forehand winner, 15-0. Djokovic wins another point with an excellent down the line cheeky backhand, Murray's return was short, 30-0. Djokovic hit a cross-court forehand wide, 30-15. Djokovic hit another drop shot, Murray reached, but returned wide, 40-15, two game points for Djokovic. Djokovic hit another shot wide, 40-30. Double fault from Djokovic at a crucial point, deuce, 40-40. Terrific defence from Murray, returned every possible shot and won the point with a forehand winner, advantage Murray, break point! Djokovic saves the break point with a powerful volley winner, deuce again, 40-40. Advantage Djokovic as Murray's return of serve was too weak. Good wide serve from Djokovic, he holds!


07:29 pm -FIRST SET: Murray wins it 6-3

Murray to serve for the set. He won the first point after a wonderful volley, 15-0. Murray leads 30-0 after chair umpire gives a point to Murray, where his serve just landed on the line, Djokovic tried convincing the umpire, but of no use, 30-0. The crowd isn't happy. Djokovic's forehand once again goes long, 40-0, three set points for Murray! Double-fault by Murray, 40-15. Djokovic wins another point with a good shot, Murray's return was short, 40-30. Murray wins the set as Djokovic's shot hit the nets.

07:23 pm - FIRST SET: Murray leads 5-3

Djokovic to serve. Murray won the first point while Djokovic won the second, 15-15. Djokovic's forehand went slightly wide, 15-30. Top serve from Djokovic, 30-30. Djokovic once again came to the nets after sending Murray behind the baseline and played a drop volley for a winner, 40-30, game point for Djokovic. Djokovic served as ace to seal the game.

07:19 pm - FIRST SET: Murray leads 5-2

Murray to serve. He won the first point, 15-0. Djokovic's return off Murray's second serve hit the nets, 30-0. Djokovic bounced back with a powerful forehand winner, 30-15. Another good serve by Murray, 40-15. Nole won another point as well, 40-30. Murray under some pressure as game is back to deuce, 404. Djokovic goes wide, Murray screams, game point for Murray. Murray has given away the advantage as his shot finds the net, deuce again, 40-40. Excellent volley between the two, Murray invited Djokovic to the nets and hit a volley winner past him, advantage Murray! Djokovic brings it back to deuce after Murray hits one into the nets again. Murray losing slight bit of concentration. The Briton served an ace to take the advantage once again. Murray wins the point and leads 5-2 in the first set.

07:09 pm - FIRST SET: Murray leads 4-2

Djokovic to serve. He started by wining the first point, 15-0. Nole won the second point as well as Murray's forehand went wide, 30-0. Djokovic's forehand once again went long, 30-15. Djokovic shot once again went long, 30-30. Djokovic not at all in rhythm here. Djokovic came to the nets, made Murray run and hit a volley winner, 40-30, break point for Djokovic. Murray's backhand hit the top of nets and landed for a winner, 40-40, first deuce of the match. Djokovic came to the nets again, under pressure Murray hit one wide to give the advantage to his opponent. Djokovic seals the game as Murray's shot from cross court goes wide.

07:04 pm - FIRST SET: Murray leads 4-1

Murray to serve. He won the first point as Djokovic's cross-court forehand hit the nets, 15-0. Djokovic won the first point as Murray's shot went long, 15-15. Djokovic missed out on an easy forehand winner towards Murray's right as his shot once again crashed into the nets, 30-15. Too many unforced errors by Djokovic so far. Murray extended his lead to 40-15. Murray served another ace to seal the game.

07:00 pm - FIRST SET: Murray leads 3-1

Djokovic to serve. Murray won the first point after Djokovic's shot went long, 0-15. Murray dominated Djokovic's second serve and hammered it for a forehand winner, extended his lead to 0-30. Djokovic finally won the point after a good rally, once again deceived Murray with a cross court drop shot, Murray was late to reach and Djokovic wins first point of the game, 15-30. Djokovic's forehand went long, 15-40, two break points for Murray. Murray has broken yet again as Djokovic's backhand landed long. Terrific comeback by Murray!

06:54 pm - FIRST SET: Murray leads 2-1

Murray to serve. He won the first point. 15-0. He won the second point as well as Djokovic's forehand found the nets, 30-0. Murray served good and hit a forehand winner to extend his lead to 40-0. Murray served an ace to win the game.

06: 52 pm - FIRST SET: Scores level 1-1

Djokovic to serve. After a bad start, Murray bounced back and had three break points at 0-140. With a good serve, Djoker saved one of them with a powerful forehand followed by a volley winner. Nole followed it with an ace, 0-30. Murray showed his class, hit his first drop shot of the match and hit a lob over Djoker for a winner.

06: 48 pm - FIRST SET: Djokovic leads 1-0

Murray to serve. His first serve clipped the nets and went long. Djoker wins the first point after a good rally which he ended with a terrific drop shot, 0-15. Djokovic extended his lead as Murray's backhand crashed into the nets, 0-30. Djokovic once again made Murray run all over the court and then won the point by bringing him to the nets and then hitting a winner past the Briton, 0-40. Three break points for Djokovic! And he has broken as he played an aggressive return off Murray's second serve and Murray's return went way long!


The players have arrived on the court and the customary photographs have been clicked.

The old friends meet once again in yet another Grand Slam final.

Djokovic clearly has an upper edge over Murray, who has never won a Grand Slam final against the Serb.

But not to forget, Murray ousted defending champion Andy Murray in the semis, a match which many believed was one of his best in Grand Slams.

Djokovic was deprived of a career slam last year after suffering a heart-breaking defeat against Wawrinka.

On the other hand, Murray would be looking to make the best of the opportunity, where he has reached his maiden French Open final.

Djokovic had earlier lost to Rafael Nadal twice in the tournament.

Nole advanced to his fourth Roland Garros final on Friday by dispatching Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes.

On the other hand, Murray has found it difficult to go past Djokovic in big Grand Slam matches.

It remains to be seen who can create history at Roland Garros in the much-awaited final.

Note: The timings are as per the IST.