rg16djokovic_murray

rg16djokovic_murray

Points won by each set: [ 24-32, 29-15, 33-25, 36-25 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
20 % Djokovic – 23 of 110
20 % Murray – 22 of 109

Murray [2] entered the final having played five hours more than Djokovic [1] in the first six rounds, so the only chance for him to win that final was to take the opening two sets. Murray was playing with plenty of positive energy, and after 55 minutes he could feel himself as a new champion creating a break point to open the 2nd set – Djokovic saved it after a 7-stroke rally, nailing an overhead, and perhaps it allowed him to get rid of the initial tension. From that moment on, the 29-year-old Serb established his superiority over his Scottish peer. The sets 2-4 were one-sided, but Murray known for his competitive skills, did everything to make the things a bit more complicated – he’d improved in the last set from 2:5* (0/15) to 4:5* (deuce), before Djokovic converted his third match point after their most characteristic rally. The match lasted 3 hours 3 minutes (Djokovic played one longer match this year in Paris – 3:16 hrs vs Bautista). Djokovic has won his first French Open final in fourth attempt (runner-up in 2012 & ’14 – lost to Nadal, and 2015 – lost to Wawrinka).

Djokovic has now won four consecutive major titles as the first man since Rod Laver in 1969. It’s very important moment in Djokovic’s career in a perspective of his extraordinary rivalry with two other Open Era giants: Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal. Federer was one win away from achieving the same feat in 2006 & 2007 as he lost the French Open finals to Nadal, while Nadal was three wins from it at the Australian Open 2011 being beaten in the quarterfinals by David Ferrer.

Djokovic’s route to his 65th title (12th major):
1 Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
2 Steve Darcis 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
3 Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
4 Roberto Bautista 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5
Q Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
S Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
W Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

Major titles/finals of the Big 4:
17/10 – Roger Federer
14/6 – Rafael Nadal
12/8 – Novak Djokovic
2/8 – Andy Murray (0/3 vs Federer, 2/5 vs Djokovic)

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