French Open Men’s Final Review



He finally did it. In a battle of two of this generation’s greatest players, Novak Djokovic finally won the French Open over Andy Murray, 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4. He has won all four grand slams in a row now and is the first to do that since Rod Laver in 1969, also becoming only the fourth player in the Open Era to win all four grand slams.

Until now it’s been only disappointment for Novak on the grandest of clay courts, losing in the finals in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He was even the overwhelming favorite but still lost to Stan Wawrinka. Not this time though. Opponent Andy Murray beat Stan in the semifinals. This time around people questioned how much Djokovic was the favorite by, and just like I predicted, he won it all. As much as I hate to say it, he is indeed one of the greatest of all time.

Two questions now follow:

Will Murray ever win another grand slam? His tally stands at two. (2012 US Open & 2013 Wimbledon) He’s one of the older guys on tour but his group of the Big 4 (Murray, Djokovic, Nadal, Federer) are still the guys to beat so anything goes, but his best chance is definitely if none of the other Big 4 are playing him on their best surfaces.

Will Djokovic surpass Federer’s grand slam total? Hopefully not. I’m far from a fan of this guy so I hate seeing him win anything but I give credit where credit is due and he is indeed one of the best ever. He’s got plenty of time to match and surpass Federer’s total of 17 grand slams and with no real challengers to his level of power, I don’t see why he won’t win at least 18.

That’s all for my French Open coverage now people. It was a great tournament and can’t wait until Wimbledon now.

-The Irishman

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