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Summary

  1. Djokovic wins 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4
  2. He completes career Grand Slam
  3. First man since 1969 to hold all four
  4. Use audio icon to listen live

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Bye for now

Novak Djokovic
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Time to wrap and roll.

Novak Djokovic is still out on Philippe Chatrier, posing with the trophy and numerous ball boys, umpires and tournament officials.

He is going to be out there for some time.

It has been a historic day. Not the sort of history that British tennis fans wanted to see, but a monumental day none the less.

Thanks for joining us, see you on grass.

Djokovic tuned the best player under 25 in the SF. He's 24-10 . Murray. He hasn't lost a set to Nadal in two years. Who's stepping up, boys?

That is the question isn't it?

Tennis is usually about the rivalries - Borg v McEnroe, Edberg v Becker, Federer v Nadal.

Right now, it is Djokovic against history.

And he is winning that contest quite convincingly as well.

Andy Murray speaking to ITV 4: "I was disappointed obviously, it was not the result I wanted but Novak played extremely well  

"I almost managed to find a way at the end of that fourth set to keep the match going but it was not enough. 

"When you are playing the best in the world there are going to be times when they raise their game and after I missed break point in the first game of the second set he loosened up a bit." 

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Andrew Priestley: The 2016 calendar Grand Slam is really on for Novak. Who would bet against him winning the 'Golden Slam' with the Olympic title?

Sho Rahman: Same old story for Murray. Has to somehow find a way to stay with Novak for more than a set if he's to win more slams.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic pose for a couple of snaps side by side, holding the second-placed plate and champion's bucket respectively.

It always feels like a little sop to the runner-up that though.

Those photos never seem to see the light of day once the shutter shuts.

Then Murray is asked step aside and give up the spotlight to the main man.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray
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Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Djokovic is almost inhuman. He's mentally so tough and I can't see anybody getting through him at Wimbledon."

"Thank you so much for tolerating everything"

Novak Djokovic: "I want to start off by saying congratulations to Andy for a great tournament, and it was a great pleasure to share these special moments with you. 

"I'm sure we will see you with the big trophies very soon. My family, my team, my loves, thank you so much for tolerating everything on a daily basis. 

"It's one of the most special moments of my career and I want to thank everyone here for their support - thank you from my heart, and I hope to see you next year."

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"It sucks to lose the match, but I'm proud"

Andy Murray: "Firstly I'd like to thank my team and all of my friends and family who came. I'd like to thank all the crowd, it was a fantastic atmosphere today. 

"Congratulations to Novak's team - you deserve it, well done. To Novak, this is his day. What he's achieved, the last 12 months is phenomenal, winning all the Grand Slams in one year is an amazing achievement. It's so rare in tennis, and for me personally, it sucks to lose the match, but I'm proud to have been part of today."

Very dignified words from a very fierce competitor.

Andy Murray has kept a brave face through the trophy presentation, now though a microphone has been thrust into his face.

No interview questions to lean on either.

Murray begins with an apology for his lack of French, wise move.

Djokovic lifts the French Open

Novak Djokovic strides up to finally lay his hands on the trophy that has escaped him for so long.

He offers the Coupe des Mousquetaires up to the heavens and then clasps it tight to his chest,

There are tears as well,

Novak Djokovic
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Record time

So here is the roll-call for the the record-keepers:

  • Djokovic has become just the eighth 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. 
  • Djokovic is only the third man in history to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam. Rod Laver was the last in 1969, with Don Budge also achieving the feat.
  • Djokovic is only the fourth player in the Open Era (after Roger Federer, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Lendl) to win a specific Grand Slam tournament after having lost their first three finals at that Grand Slam event. No man has ever won a Grand Slam title after finishing as runner-up at the event four times.

"Something I never felt before"

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 Murray

Novak Djokovic: "It's a very special moment, the biggest of my career. 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. I felt today something that I never felt before at Roland Garros, I felt the love of the crowd, I drew the heart on the court, like Guga [Gustavo Kuerten], which he gave me permission to do. My heart will always be with you on this court."

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Djokovic wins French Open

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 Murray

There are some concerned faces in Camp Murray.

Mother Judy is looking down at her son, who is sitting absolutely gutted after a long, grueling and ultimately empty-handed French Open campaign.

Andy Murray
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Djokovic wins French Open

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Paris

"Another immaculate Novak Djokovic performance. He was clearly feeling the tension in the first set, but things changed so quickly at the start of the second set. Murray looked like he was running on empty. Djokovic looks as if he's playing on remote control, he can put the ball where he wants, and he's got the reward his talent deserves."

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"This has been the tricky one for Novak Djokovic. But he's come out and played some great tennis. He's rock solid, he knows his game so well and he's mentally focused. From where he started off in this match to where he finished, what a contrast, and it just goes to show how great a champion he is."

Djokovic wins French Open

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 Murray

Novak Djokovic's celebrations are crowd-pleasing and extensive.

He scratches a heart on the court surface in homage to previous winner Gustavo Kuerten, hands his sweatbands to the front row and recruits all of the ball girls on duty for the final to send his love back to the Philippe Chatrier crowd.

Game, set and match

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 Murray

Full house.

The final Grand Slam for his collection. All four now in his possession. And the last caveat on his career squashed flat.

Novak Djokovic lies in the red dirt, flattened by the enormity of his achievement.

Andy Murray slumps on his stool and sniffs back the tears.

Novak Djokovic
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Murray saves two championship points, deuce

*Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 5-4 Murray

The drama.

Novak Djokovic with a bad case of white-line fever, struggling to take the final step over the threshold and into the winners' enclosure.

Murray hanging tough to deny him just a few minutes longer...or is this the start of something far greater?

Djokovic two points away

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Andy Murray nicks the first point. Novak Djokovic's stare is fixed somewhere around 1000 yards.

Murray nets a backhand on the next. 15-15.

Djokovic slides a drop-shot reply back across court - like a dagger between the ribs. 30-15.

Andy Murray
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Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"There is still life in this match. You expect Djokovic to come up with couple of big serves. But he is human, and this is a title he has wanted so desperately. If Murray can force Djokovic into a rash drop shot, anything is possible here."

*Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 5-4 Murray

Andy Murray is playing devil-mare-care tennis.

His situation is so apparently hopeless that he is slugging free and easy from the baseline, without the pressure that seemed to jam up his racquet arm in the last two and half sets.

The same cannot be said for Novak Djokovic. He overcooks a forehand needlessly from middle of the court and with time to think.

A brute of an inside-out forehand seals the game for Murray.

Over to you Nole...

Serve out to seal the title, or drop serve to really set nerves jangling...

BBC Radio 5 Live

5 Live commentator Philip Studd: "That was inspirational tennis from Murray. Even Djokovic, robotic in his accuracy and relentless consistency, must be feeling a few nerves."

Murray breaks

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Andy Murray sticks a spanner in the spokes with a brilliant tickle across court and a wrong-footing backhand against the grain.

15-30.

That scoreboard asks the question: Any jitters in those top inches Novak?

A double fault comes as the reply. Two break points. 

Murray converts the first with an zippy backhand.

Where has this guy been for an hour and a half?

Andy Murray
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BBC Radio 5 Live

5 Live commentator Philip Studd: "Djokovic has been sublime, a whirlwind of brilliant shots."

Djokovic breaks

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Novak Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda claps like a seal.

Three break points at 0-40. 

His man seals the first with a forehand whipped into open court.

The crowd roar and the Serb allows himself a sliver of a smile as he heads back to his stool.

He serves for the title next.

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Tanya Smith: Murray needs Lendl back.He brought a killer edge to Murray's game.

Tom: With what will be an 80% loss rate in slam finals, Murray needs to hire a psychologist not a coach.

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 4-2 *Murray

Novak Djokovic closes in on victory and title with the certainty of a streamroller.

Andy Murray has a chance to lob at 15-0, but can only pattercake a ball onto the Serb's forehand.

A swish, a swat and the ball flashes away for a winner.

A hold to love.

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Federer or Djokovic: who's the better overall player? I wouldn't like to call it. Incredible talent and precision when they're at their best. Mesmerising.

Richie in Edinburgh

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"To win this match Murray needed to get free points like he did against Wawrinka. We knew they were't going to come as frequently as they did in the semi-final, but they've completely dried up."

Murray holds

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 3-2 *Murray

Novak Djokovic spreads himself across court with the speed of head lice through a primary-school class.

The Serb very nearly pats back a lob winner on break point as he somehow reads Murray's intentions to go across court from the front court.

The ball floats long though and Andy Murray lives to fight a little longer in this fourth set.

Murray taken to deuce

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 3-1 *Murray

There is no shame in it against Novak Djokovic, but Andy Murray is playing like a man who is already mentally through his media duties, showered and home.

He offers up a dolly of a forehand volley when there is space either side of Novak Djokovic to find. 

A double fault takes him to deuce and more dark places.

Andy Murray
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Richard Luck: Murray's big flaw? That's he's up against perhaps the greatest player in the history of the game. There's no lack of commitment.

Andrew Weller: Such a shame, a big point and consistent serve and Murray would have loads more majors. Novak is awesome.

Pat Cash

Former Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"We were looking at that first set thinking 'What has gone wrong with Djokovic?' He was missing routine forehands and Murray was well on top. But he didn't break in the first game of the second set, and Djokovic has dominated ever since."

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 3-1 *Murray

Novak Djokovic doesn't have to worry about the Andy Murray serve though.

With the break already bagged in the fourth, the Serb is only four service holds away from sealing this Roland Garros deal.

Make that three.

No signs of weakness or wobble as the world number one holds to love and stretches Murray out of shape like an old jumper on the baseline.

Novak Djokovic
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BBC Radio 5 Live

5 Live commentator Philip Studd: "It's a long, long way back, but Murray is getting pumped up, and to judge from his body language, he still believes he can win this."

Murray holds

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"Come on. let's go," shouts Andy Murray as he watches Novak Djokovic put too much string on a forehand.

His entourage in his players' box are replying with gripped fists and jabbing fingers.

Can that encouragement fire something from the embers?

Andy Murray
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Murray taken to deuce

Djokovic 3-6 6-1 6-2 2-0 *Murray

Andy Murray wins a bit of cat and mouse at the net to move 40-15 up. Those exchanges have usually crumbled the way of the world number one this afternoon.

But Novak Djokovic has been king in all areas of the court today.

A whipped pass, lassoed in from out wide on the forehand side, takes the game to deuce.

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Edward Ditchfield: Murray's big flaw is he wastes too much mental energy whinging about stuff in tight moments, rather than channeling that anger.

Raj Sidhu: Wish the Murray haters would watch this game, there's no shame to being second best to someone like Djokovic.