Roland Garros: Djokovic, King of the clay court, with bad attitude

ATP World Tour leader Novak Djokovic has finally won a Roland Garros title, after defeating world no. 2, Andy Murray, in his 4th final in Paris.

Although favourite on paper, Djokovic did not have the best start of the match, losing the first set 6-3 against a very enthusiastic Murray. Murray seemed to have the upper hand in the second set as well, after being one step away of winning a break, in a game in which he returned from a 40-15 deficit. However, Nole managed to turn that game in his favour and that represented the turning point of the set, easily won by the Serbian afterwards by 6-1. The third set began in the same manner, with a very dominant Djokovic taking control of it.

Roland Garros: Djokovic, King of the clay court, with bad attitude

Novak Djokovic Bad Character

The most controversial moment of the match also took part in the third set, when at 5-2 and set point for Djokovic, Murray sent the ball on the baseline, Djokovic stopped and showed the chair umpire a mark which was out, but was from a different rally. The umpire got down and after inspecting the mark ruled against Murray. However, the Hawk Eye system of the French television showed that the ball was in and that the point should have been awarded to Murray. Although this did not change at all the outcome of the set, because Nole already had a confortable advantage, many argue that this was not the first time Djokovic showed a lot of disrespect through this attitude. It is not the first time when Djokovic has a non-fairplay behabiour on the court. In the 2013 match against Dimitrov at Madrid he brought insults to the Spanish spectators. In the semifinal from the same year at Roland Garros he touched the net during a point and pretended that he didn’t know the rule at the press conferrence (the rule says that a player is not allowed to touch the net during a point if the hasn’t bounced twice after the player hit it). Another similar episode happened in the 2014 Miami Quarter Final against Murray, when Djokovic hit a volley being with half a racket in his opponent’s court.

Roland Garros: Djokovic, King of the clay court, with bad attitude

Fourth set had just started and Djokovic already won the break. Despite all the efforts made by Murray, it seemed that it was going to be an easy win again for the Serbian. 5-2, and for the first time in his career Djokovic was serving to bring home the “Cup of Musketeers”, but the stubborn scot said no, at least for a while. 5-3 and Murray was serving to stay in the game. Then it was 5-4 and Djokovic was going have another change to serve for the trophy. After 4 points the score was 40-15 for Nole and the serb had two match points, but he struggled once again as Murray was able to tie things up at 40-40. No miracle return however for the hard-working scot, who lost 2 hard-fought rallies and had to settle for defeat. It was the first Roland Garros trophy for Novak Djokovic after an intensive four set final.

Roland Garros: Djokovic, King of the clay court, with bad attitude

This was the fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament won by Nole, who added the so-called non-calendaristic “Grand Slam” in his career record (not the genuine one however, because he did not win those tournaments in the same year). Nole won Wimbledon 2015, US Open 2015, Australian Open 2016 and Roland Garros 2016.

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