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Djokovic fourth time lucky at Roland Garros

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Djokovic WinsIt has been a while coming, but world no.1 Novak Djokovic has finally completed his long awaited career Grand Slam, adding the only trophy missing from his overflowing cabinet, beating Andy Murray in four sets in a lopsided final at Roland Garros this afternoon.

Having been beaten three times previously in the Final at Paris in the last four years, Djokovic finally picked up his maiden French Open title an outcome which also makes him the first man since Rod Laver to hold all four majors at the same time.

Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion came into his 34th meeting with 2nd seed Andy Murray as the slender favourite, having lost their most recent meeting in the final of the Rome Masters barely a week before the start of the French Open.

Djokovic drew first blood in the final, breaking Murray to love in the opening game of the match, only to suffer a remarkable slump as the Briton rattled off the next four games on the bounce to open up a 4-1 lead, one which he would comfortably hold on to en route to sealing the opening set 6-3.

That first set was rather disappointing from Djokovic, he made an uncharacteristic 13 unforced errors, giving Murray way too many free points - a feature he would not repeat for a while.

Djokovic awoke from his slumber and it was percentage tennis at its best from the Serb as he hit machine like precision producing a high percentage of first serves, finding the range on his ground strokes and giving Murray absolutely no freebies.

Murray had no answer, and Djokovic raced to a 6-1, 6-2, 5-2 lead with the title firmly within sight of the Serb.

Suddenly with nothing to lose Murray found a second wind as Djokovic tightened. Murray got one of the breaks back courtesy of a forehand winner on break point, and then held serve to force Djokovic to serve for the title again. Djokovic raced to a 40-15 lead, giving himself two championship points, but a double fault followed by a rare backhand error gave Murray another glimpse back into the contest.

It was not to be the Briton's day though as Djokovic brought up a third Championship point with a forehand winner, and wrapped up the title when Murray dumped a backhand into a net, much to the delight of the fans in Philippe Chatrier.

The win, a 12th Grand Slam title for the 29 year old Serb, cements his place in the record books, and who knows how many Grand Slams he will eventually finish up with, having no real challenger in sight in the foreseeable future.

Final Score:

[1] Novak Djokovic d. [2] Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4