Novak Djokovic has won the French Open crown after beating Britain's Andy Murray at Roland Garros. The 29-year-old Serb came from a set down on Philippe-Chatrier Court to win the 12th grand slam and the first French Open title of his impressive career.
The world number one did not have things entirely his own way, however, as Murray came flying out of the blocks in an engrossing first set of tennis. The Brit – who was competing in his first-ever French Open final – took the opening set in eye-catching fashion, serving with pin-point accuracy and taking advantage of Djokovic's early waywardness.
At that stage, Murray – who had never previously lost at Roland Garros after winning the opening set – appeared on course to pull off an upset victory in the French capital. The former Wimbledon champion had the opportunity to cement his advantage in the first game of the second set, but failed to convert his break point chance.
That transpired to be the undoubted turning point of the entire match, as Djokovic suddenly found his top gear and Murray became vulnerable on his own serve. Djokovic broke Murray's serve in the next game thanks to a double fault from the Scot and again later in the set to draw himself level in the match.
By now, the contest was all one-way traffic in favour of the Serb, who broke in the third and fifth games of the set to establish a 2-1 lead in the match against an increasingly frustrated and helpless-looking Murray.
Despite his best efforts, Murray had no answer to Djokovic's inch-perfect ground strokes and the wilting Brit was broken in the first game of the final set. Djokovic repeated the dose in the seventh game and although Murray delayed the inevitable by breaking back when the Serb was serving for the title, he was soon put out of his misery.
Murray held his next service game, meaning Djokovic once again had the chance to win the championship on his own serve. This time, Djokovic held his nerve to complete a career slam and to write his own place in history.
"It's a very special moment, the biggest of my career," the new champion said during his post-match interview. "It's nice to see the sun has finally come out after ten days of rain, and it was great to see many fans for this final and I hope you enjoyed watching our tennis."