2016 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
by Staff | June 5th, 2016, 7:56 am
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For the second straight Grand Slam and seventh time overall, rivals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray collide.

Djokovic has won 12 of his last 14 matches against Murray. His only losses in that time came in the finals at 2015 Montreal-1000 and 2016 Rome-1000. Djokovic has a 9-7 win-loss record against Murray in Tour-level finals.

Djokovic has a 7-2 win-loss record against Murray at the Grand Slams, and a 4-2 win-loss record against Murray in Grand Slam finals. The only player Djokovic has beaten on more occasions than Murray at a Grand Slam is Roger Federer (defeated 9 times).

It will be the 7th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in joint 2nd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final.

Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is just 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in terms of age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors who met at the 1977 US Open when Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

Djokovic has a 4-1 win-loss record against Murray on a clay court.

The winner of this final will enter the list for the most attempts to win Roland Garros. Djokovic will go top of the list for the most attempts before winning the title here if he wins, while Murray will go joint-6th in the list with Albert Costa if he wins the title here.

DJOKOVIC is bidding to win his first Roland Garros title and become the 3rd man in history to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Only Don Budge and Rod Laver have held all 4 Grand Slam titles at the same time.

Budge completed his non-calendar year Grand Slam at 1938 Roland Garros before going on to win the calendar Grand Slam by winning all 4 major tournaments in a single year in 1938. Laver won all 4 majors in 1962 and 1969 – his win at the 1962 US Open completed his set of major titles.

Djokovic is looking to become just the 8th man – and 2nd oldest – in history to complete the career Grand Slam after Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Federer, Rod Laver, Nadal and Fred Perry. He is one of 11 men to have collected 3 of the 4 major titles in the Open Era.

MURRAY is attempting to become the 2nd British man in history to win the Roland Garros title after Fred Perry, who won the title here in 1935. Murray is just the 3rd British man to reach the final here since the event became international in 1925.

Murray is bidding to become the 3rd British player – man or woman – in history to win Roland Garros. As well as Perry in 1935, Sue Barker won the Roland Garros women’s title in 1976.

If Murray wins today he will become the 9th man in history to win 3 of the 4 Grand Slam titles and finish as runner-up at the 4th. Murray, who has won the US Open and Wimbledon, has finished runner-up at the Australian Open on 5 occasions.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Philippe-Chatrier Court 11:30 AM Start
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)[7] vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)[5]
Elena Vesnina (RUS)[7] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)[5]

Not Before: 3:00 PM
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]

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129 Comments for 2016 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

mat4 Says:

Let’s start this thread. I expect a good match, and hope for a Novak victory in three easy, deceiving sets.


mat4 Says:

Nobody dares to post… It’s panic time!!


Giles Says:

mut4 Still alive and kicking I see.
Vamos Andy!


Milos Says:

Hoping for Djokovic win today :)


David Gothefred Says:

Djokovic is playing great but the pressure can still get to him. I feel that Murray has a good chance to pull this off in 4 or 5 sets.


sisay Says:

mat4

i already put my prediction on the other thread…Nole in three and one of the sets to be a breadstick…


Van Persie Says:

Nole idemo!


Giles Says:

sisay. So stupid!!!


sisay Says:

Anyone saw the pictures on the following link…I know it is a bit harsh on Andy but…http://theultimatetennisblog.com/djokovic-gives-thiem-free-tennis-lesson-to-meet-murray-in-french-open-final/


kriket Says:

I hope Novak has figured out how to play Murray and win this final.

Ajde Nole! :)


kriket Says:

Đoko starting with a break. As good a start as it gets.


Giles Says:

It’s not how it starts but how it ends


FedExpress Says:

lol kriket


sisay Says:

does nole lack power???


FedExpress Says:

nole lacks a FH


Navdeep Says:

wow! 4-1 to Andy! impressive


sisay Says:

comeon nole u need a killer shot


Okiegal Says:

Looking good Andy! C’mon……take home the French
Open 🏆! I 💜 🎾


anki Says:

Murray is sensational , knew he was going to win. Novak looking nervous. Straight sets win for Murray by the looks of it


FedExpress Says:

the french crowd is a joke


FedExpress Says:

first set murray


Daniel Says:

Wow, Murray take first set. now he has a real chance.


Navdeep Says:

Andy gets the first set 6-3.Looking really good so far. Let’s see if Novak comes back or not.


AndyMira Says:

Novak looking very nervous indeed!Pressure,pressure!


nits Says:

Result of this match will be determined between Djokovic ear’s


Daniel Says:

Remins me of that sonh, under pressure.

Well, last time he qon first set and lost. Maybe this time he can turn it around after losing first.


Daniel Says:

Again Djoko breaks first, let’s see of he holda now.

How are they strucking the ball, by the comments seema Djoko is more nervous? But what about Andy is he playing same level as Wawa’s match?


Van Persie Says:

Tres bien, Nole. Idemo!


Daniel Says:

3-0 Novak


Navdeep Says:

Novak is finding his range again. 3-0 second set, Now Murray under pressure.


Navdeep Says:

Andy looking spent out there.


Navdeep Says:

6-1 second set Novak.


Okiegal Says:

Andy, dig deep….we have seen a bad set before and presto a winner emerges….can not give up….keep fighting!!


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Hmmm woke up on the west coast.two sets in the books. It is essentially a 2/3 set match now. 3rdbset is key.


Daniel Says:

Will be able to watch math in about 20 mim. At least see the end and trophy ceremony.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

I just formulated an excellent strategy for Andy to defeat Novak. Hit only defensive lobs and force Novak to hit only overheads for the entire match.


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

@daniel don’t worry they will still be playing. A Djoker-Muzza single rally can last 20 minutes.


Van Persie Says:

Nole is in the zone :)


AndyMira Says:

Andy needs to be aggressive to holds novak..he rarely use DTL shots which is very effective if he use it more often..Andy let novak dictate the game,run him around like a headless chicken..stop doing that..


Margot Says:

One way traffic now. Nole too good. Too amazingly good, gets just about everything back.
Andy’s FSP right down too. Not gonna win :(


AndyMira Says:

Andy’s body language not good now..hope he can get out from it as soon as possible..


Navdeep Says:

Their is only one winner from here and it’s the Serbian sensation


BBB Says:

Murray seems so out of sorts, yet he’s still fighting. I wonder if it’s Nole, or the crowd, or the disappointment of losing the one set lead.

I like both these guys, but I can’t help but want Djoker to win.


Jeez Says:

Its DONE !!!

No way Murray winning from 6-3,1-6,1-4. down!!!??


BBB Says:

It’s never over until it’s over.


Margot Says:

^ Nope, it’s over.


Danica Says:

Well Sisay, you were right about breadstick indeed. But 3:0 for Nole was way optimistc.


Danica Says:

2:1


Daniel Says:

Djoko 2-1, 1 set away.


BBB Says:

Nole wants this very badly. The odds are certainly in his favor, but nerves are nerves.

He is so much better when he plays aggressively.


sisay Says:

my bad danica…i am not noles coach that i didnt know his tactic…go nole


sisay Says:

nole nole is your gear shaft manual or automatic…you are unbeleivable…


Pauly Says:

As I predicted

Djokovic finally got the opponent he was seeking
Mentally weak Murray
Mental midget


Navdeep Says:

I think bole slam is about to happen. Boring but brilliant by nole


Navdeep Says:

sorry nole slam


AndyMira Says:

A very disappointing 2 sets and a half from andy..can’t match last year’s final..sorry to say..


Tom Says:

Pauly, really, it’s ok. He should have had one by now anyway. The problem is on Rafa’s heels and most likely will surpass him. And that bothers you Rafanatics. Too bad!!! Go No1e!


Van Persie Says:

Magic moments in Paris :)


sisay Says:

where is everyone…history on the making…


Van Persie Says:

3 more points needed :)


Jac Says:

Watching probably :D


Daniel Says:

Wow, warching last ganes and Djoko is suberb.

Told ta that I ge wiuld dazzle latter rounds and apart from first set this looks loke a massacre.

Serving for the match and 6-2 set.
winning last three 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Amazing Djokovic. Will be able to see trophy ceremony. So hsppy for him. Most devsreved achievement.

#12, 4 in a row. Just WOW!!

How far morr can he go, will he win all 4 this year?!


Pauly Says:

Murray very disappointing after first set
He just got smashed
Life goes on I guess


Van Persie Says:

Come on, Nole!


Pauly Says:

Tom

Nothing bothers me Djokovic never beat Nadal in the final of Roland Garros
He beat Murray mental midget


Danica Says:

5:4
Can’t watch. Sofa time.


sisay Says:

come on nole serve this demon out…no nerves please


Pauly Says:

Andy Mira

Last year’s final was Wawrinka vs Djokovic
Totally different match
This year it’s Murray only difference
Life goes on now for Wimbledon & US open left
4 majors is there for the taking
Can anyone stop him ?


AndyMira Says:

Well..let me be the first to say..CONGRATS TO ALLLL NOVAK’S FAN..if anyone wants to cry,please cry now..it’s legitimate today..


AndyMira Says:

Yes Pauly..but i’m still have hope in Andy..maybe his luck will be better next time..


Van Persie Says:

NOoooooo1e


Pauly Says:

Nothing to do with luck
Andy Mira
Djokovic outplayed him after first set
Congratulations to Djokovic
Well deserved after 12 years of struggle


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to All Nolw fans. WE have deserved this :)


sisay Says:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL NOLE FANS …COMMIS TO ANDY FANS…THANKS SEAN FOR JINXING MURRAY…WHAT A DAY…


Tennisfansince1976 Says:

Congratulations to all djokovic fans. He is definitely a deserving French open champ. Impressed by Murray. He showed some real grit at the end. It was just too little too late.


Anto Says:

Congrats to all Djokovic fans. Even though i am a Rafa fan i am happy for Novak. :)


Pauly Says:

Van persie

The better player won today
Murray not good enough sadly
No more ZERO
Finally there is 1 French open trophy
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏


AndyMira Says:

@Margot,RZ,CDP and GL..sorry for Andy’s loss..we’ll try again next time,okay?


Daniel Says:

He asked permission to Guga to do the heart in the courrs. Love this homage from Djoko (one of the greatest or soon to be the greatest) to Kuerten.

Amazing. So happy for Djoko. Many more Skams and glory to come.

We are watching gretaness in its top form thislast 10-10 years non stop. Remarkable tine to be a tennos fan.


Navdeep Says:

congrats Novak djokovic. 4 in a row and the career slam ! What a player, what at champion ! but where the hell are the challengers ?


sisay Says:

No tennisfan…nole showed a lot of nerves in the end…nerve at its best really…


Tom Says:

Yes! Yes! Finally! Браво Ноле Мајсторе! He finally won this ridiculous tournament. A tournament that refuses to join the 21st century and cost him at least 1-2 titles. One the all-time greats and this _____ tournament was going to be held against him. Now, the golden slam No1e and surpass that Phony named Rafael Nadal and his fans who ignore his OCD behavior when he serves and approve of his fist-pumping but not No1e’s…. Bwhahhaaha!!! Sorry, I couldn’t hold back :-) Just made my day! Going to go enjoy it now…


Vami Says:

Last time Novak was this nervous in the last USO, but Roger was probably even more nervous. When he finally started playing he was simply better, let’s be honest, on clay he beats Andy 8 out of 10 (on grass it might be a different story).

When I saw him smiling at 5:2 in the 4th before serving for the match, I sort of knew he was going to blew it. Andy wasn’t giving him a free ride, he was there until the end.

It’s incredible that he now holds all 4 slams. What’s scary for the competition with the weight off of his shoulders he might be even tougher to beat in the future. And I like it.


Margot Says:

Well done Nole! You are truly phemonenole!
And good wishes to his fans. You must be soooo thrilled and delighted.
Now…..let us have Wimbledon back, please!


BBB Says:

I will say something that I allow is potentially completely off-base.

Nole did not play well against Andy in the Wimbledon final. He was standing between Andy and something historic.

Andy did not play well today either. He was standing between Nole and something historic.

I know they’re pros, and they want to win no matter what, but they’re both good people first. A part of me wonders if they couldn’t quite stick it to each other in these very particular circumstances.


jane Says:

OMG NOLEEEEEEEEE!
I am so happy for him; it was so hard for him to close it out!
SUPER HUGE HUGS TO all Novak fans everywhere, and all other folks who are happy for him too!! xx
ALSO, huge shout out to mat4 who actually called the score of each of the last 3 sets – accurately! – before they happened! seriously! he did! 6-1, then 6-2, then 6-4.
WOW.
Awww Novak Djokovic. :))))))))
(hugs margot and RZ… you two are lovely, so wishing you commies)


Pauly Says:

Tom

The phony you call Nadal is injured
The phony has 9 French opens
The phony will be back hopefully ?


Danica Says:

Tom,
You are to harsh to Rafa. He is a great champ.


chrisford1 Says:

It happened. The great quest is won.
So proud of Novak Djokovic.
He kept on coming, coming, never quitting.
He is not done this year.
You know him.
He will move on and try relentlessly for other titles.
When you combine talent, physical ability, resilient health with endless drive and will to win – you get a sports legend. They are not common.


Danica Says:

Noleeeee!!!
Thank you champ ♡♡♡


Wog Boy Says:

What does Nole say when tournament starts:

“SVE ĆU VE IZEDEM”


Vami Says:

I can’t stand comments that Andy is a mental midget. He is not. He was there until the end.


Pauly Says:

Spare a thought for Murray
He wasn’t good enough after the first set but at least he reached the final which is great effort
Life goes on there’s always next year
Hopefully this loss can propel Murray to Wimbledon glory


Wog Boy Says:

Commiserations to Andy and his fans, you can have Wimbledon.


Pauly Says:

What’s GILES doing now ?
GILES must be upset bigtime
Spare a thought for GILES


Pauly Says:

Wog boy

12 years was worth the wait


Willow Says:

Congrats Novak and fans on making h1story, and completing the career GS, 4 in a row wow not even Roger or Rafa could do that ….


jane Says:

lovely speech from murray
aww, so appreciated
i am sure, like novak said, we will see him with a big trophy soon.


Wog Boy Says:

Pauly,

Every minute of being Nole fan is worthy minute,, he gave us back his heart and soul.


Danica Says:

Love u Andy. Great speach ♡. You are a great champ too.


kriket Says:

Congrats to all Nole haters, now you have even more reason to hate him even more if thats even possible lol. :)

Bravo Nole, you’re a dream come true!


Wog Boy Says:

I haven’t seen match, I am away and there is no cable TV, can’t wait to go back home and watch it, and ceremony and Guga and Nole’s box…just everything, he made history today.


BBB Says:

Andy has to be one of the realest guys out there. Class act.


kriket Says:

Even though I don’t care much about the GOAT debate, Novak has cemented his position as a contender if not the goat himself, assuming this isn’t his last GS victory.


Vami Says:

Novak’s 12th! He’s getting closer to Rafa and Pete. A lot of history will be up for grabs this year, 2 more slams and the OG.


Jun Says:

Nooooleeeee!!!


jane Says:

good point vami…andy fought till the last game

and it is interesting that he and novak have shared historic moments
murray winning his wimbledon
novak winning his FO

happy day pour moi. :)))

v. cool that young canadian boy – 15! – made the finals. he lost a tight battle with the french player but it was close. he will be someone to follow, i hope.

i still can’t believe novak is holding all four. *faints*


Jun Says:

4 straight GS titles. 1st man to do it since the great Rod Laver. WOW! Wahooo!


Van Persie Says:

Sorry for Andy and his fans…from my side he can have the 4 next Slams.
For me, Nole is GOAT now :)


Jun Says:

Commiserations to Andy. Very gracious in defeat. His fans should be proud of him. He’ll be back!


django Says:

Bravo Nole, finally. 👑
One more than Borg, ties the Jim Courier AO/RG double,4 in a row and career slam.
He’s done everything a fan can ask for.
I think Andy will win one soon.


Jun Says:

Nole is just the third man in tennis history to hold all four major titles at the same time, after Don Budge and Rod Laver.


Vami Says:

@Jane
That young guy Felix from Montreal that lost the boy’s final will be great if he receives the right support. I watched him talk after the match and he sounded very mature for his age.


Van Persie Says:

Anki, I told you so :P

OK, off now, time to get drunk :)


Danica Says:

Andy would’ve also been a deserving winner. Such a kind guy. Commiserations to all his fans. I am sure he’ll do well at Wimbledon. If Nole is again on the other side, Andy will win.


Jun Says:

Career grand slam is great, but for me, holding all 4 majors is just a little bit better! Very rare and very difficult to do.


mat4 Says:

Although I usually don’t post after a big Novak victory, this time I would like especially to congratulate CDP for his optimism.

I hope that all Nolefans share my joy for winning the FO, a career slam, but not the Grand Slam. I thought it was the GS, but most of the tennis pundits put me to earth explaining that, no, it’s not a real GS.

I am sorry that my dear Nolefan jalep missed our celebration, but perhaps she’s writing on another thread.


Wog Boy Says:

Also new ATP points record, 16950 points as from today.


Vami Says:

@mat4
The other thread is probably “Blue Moonball”.
CDP lacks intelligence, I don’t mind him at all. He can have his posh neighbourhood (?) and all advantages he had in life but in between his ears there’s sadly not much at all. He’s not like the racist, who’s not stupid but simply an incredibly mean and miserable person, somebody who strives on hate.


Wog Boy Says:

I need some sleep, but before I go I want to give my commiserations to majority of TX posters, because majority didn’t want to see Nole winning FO, better luck next time;) also congratulations to my Nole fans, particulary one who is moderated and can’t get through on time, Travis Bickle, I hope you are reading, have a grappa mate, you deserved it.


Nithish Says:

Congrats to Novak on completing his career slam.


chrisford1 Says:

Andy Murray deserves top RUP praise and respect. For the way he played, and showing he is a classy and articulate champion in defeat. Like Djokovic. Great awards ceremony remarks by Murray.

Guga wiping tears from his eyes as Novak won – proud of his Amigo.

Djokovic’s parents hugging one another with great emotion. All their past sacrifices turned golden. Congrats from Murray’s folks and team to them- in a reversal of 2013 Wimbledon when Srdjan and Djiana went to Murrays group to congratulate.

Cincinnati Masters posting a congrats and pic of the “one trophy you don’t have” on Twitter, welcoming Novak to try again in August.


mat4 Says:

Andy was far from the level he showed in Madrid. He was very tense after the first set, and, what’s the most important, he made the wrong strategic choice, letting Novak be the aggressor.

I can’t say without lying that I am sorry for Andy — I am not, it’s sport, and somebody has to win, and as a Nolefan, it prefer when it’s Novak. But he fought well, despite the changing weather conditions favouring Novak, and he merited more applauses from the public, and a kind word from us.


Danica Says:

Jalep was active, don’t you guys worry ;). Just not here :)


mat4 Says:

@Danica:

I know. I found 4 seconds to answer to her last post.


RZ Says:

Thanks AndyMira and Jane!


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,

What about me, I send my commiserations to Andy’s fans too.
Don’t look at my last post here, those commiserations don’t apply to Andy fans, they are far too good, they apply to “other” fans, you know which one..


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy – thanks to you too, and congrats. You must be very happy. I have to remind you, though, that you’ve promised us Andy fans Wimbledon and the USO. Don’t forget! :-)


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,

I’ll keep my word.

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