Welcome to The Hindu’s live coverage of the French Open 2016 final. It’s a big match today as both finalists – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Great Britain’s Andy Murray – are gunning for their maiden Roland Garros title.
Who do you think stands a chance?
World No. 1 Djokovic seems to be dominating the game like no other, and is the clear favourite here while Murray, even though ranked No. 2, is miles away.
Djokovic has been tantalisingly close to the French Open title. He has been a French Open finalist three times in the last four years. He lost in 2012 and 2014 to Rafael Nadal and then a shocking upset in 2015 to Stanislas Wawrinka. He has also reached four semifinals and two quarter finals. No man has come so close without getting that prized honour.
But Murray, on the other hand, is in to his first final here and also has the best shot possible at winning this. For Murray, it would be one thing to threaten Djokovic, (which he has done many times in the past) and another to completely finish him off. He has done this before – when he defeated in Djokovic in New York in 2012 and in Wimbledon in 2013. He will need to lift his level of playing by a huge amount.
Live updates here: *denotes server
6:56 pm: Andy Murray 1-1 Novak Djokovic* Is the real Andy Murray standing up? He moves quickly to 30-0. 40-0. And then an Ace. Welcome, Murray!
6:50 pm: *Andy Murray 1-1 Novak Djokovic And now Murray breaks! How is that for a quick turn of tables? This should be expected considering it’s the No 1 and No. 2 we’re looking at. Just when you thought Djokovic was unstoppable. Murray gets his first points on the board when Djokovic misses a hit and then puts it into the net.
6:45 pm: Andy Murray 0-1 Novak Djokovic* Djokovic breaks. Just not the start that Murray had expected. He has been broken to love. Amazing start by the 11-time Grand Slam winner. An amazing loop shot, followed by Murray hitting in to the net, to a superb forehand point, this seems like it’s in the pocket for the Serb.
6:42 pm: And we’re off! To chants of “Nole! Nole!” from the crowds. Seems like we know who the crowd is rooting for today. Remember the standing ovation Djokovic got last year?
6:40 pm: Andy Murray has won the toss! He will serve first.
6: 30 pm: The weather at Paris has been a practical nightmare this week, pushing and choking the schedule. But it looks decent enough today. Fingers crossed!