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Djokovic joins greats with maiden French Open title

              Murray v Djokovic: How they compare ahead of the French Open final

PARIS, June 5 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic joined the tennis greats on Sunday when he downed British second seed Andy Murray 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 to claim his maiden French Open title and hold all four grand slams at the same time.

The world number one recovered from a nervous start to impose his pace on Court Philippe Chatrier and clinch his 12th grand slam crown after three previous failures in a Roland Garros final.

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Djokovic is only the third man after Don Budge and Rod Laver to hold the four majors at the same time, and the eighth man to triumph at Wimbledon and the French, U.S. and Australian Opens.

"It's a very special moment, possibly the biggest moment in my career," the 29-year-old, who now has a 5-2 win-loss record against Murray in grand slam finals, said courtside.

It looked like Djokovic got off to a dream start, taking Murray's serve to love in the first game.

But the Briton, who was playing his 10th final at a major, hit the ball early to set up three break points in the following game, converting the third with a fine lob. He held to love and then broke again, winning 16 of 20 points to lead 4-1.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia lifts the trophy following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray (L) of United Kingdom and Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia pose before the men's single final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 05, 2016. (Photo by Emine Urer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during their men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain hits a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Great Britain's Andy Murray during their men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends Day Fifteen, Men single's Final of the 2016 French Tennis Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic speaks to the referee during his men's final match against Britain's Andy Murray at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during the men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain serves during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Britain's Andy Murray during their men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a backhand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
People attend the men's final match between Britain's Andy Murray and Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / Thomas SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Andy Murray of United Kingdom during the men's single final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 05, 2016. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Actress Hilary Swank attends Day Fifteen, Men single's Final of the 2016 French Tennis Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Hekimian/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point during his men's final match against Britain's Andy Murray at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his men's final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) shakes hands with Britain's Andy Murray after winning the men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the men's final match against Britain's Andy Murray at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (R) embraces Britain's Andy Murray after winning the men's final match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: A dejected Andy Murray of Great Britain looks on following his defeat during the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory with the help of the ball girls during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates with the trophy following his victory during the Men's Singles final match against Andy Murray of Great Britain on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Andy Murray of Great Britain lifts the runners up trophy following the Men's Singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tension threatened to boil over when Murray shouted "get him out," pointing to a French TV interviewer who was in the player's box, before Djokovic had an altercation with the chair umpire.

As Murray was serving for the set, he was awarded a point to lead 30-0, Djokovic having hit his return before an 'out' call on the serve was made.

"The call was after you hit the ball. I'm 100 per cent sure," Damien Dumusois told a frustrated Djokovic.

Murray, who beat Djokovic in the Rome Masters finals on clay last month, went on to win the set when his opponent netted a backhand.

He had a break point in the first game of the second set but that was as good as it got for the Scot.

Djokovic, his aggression now channeled and matched by his accuracy, won the remaining games.

He raced to a 4-1 lead in the third set, breaking in the fifth game with a delicate angled drop shot that triggered chants of 'Nole, Nole, Nole, Nole' in the stands.

There was no comeback in that set for the 29-year-old Murray, who then dropped serve in the opening game of the fourth set.

Djokovic, who is now on a 28-match winning streak in grand slams, broke to love to lead 5-2. Murray pulled a break back but Djokovic shook off late jitters to win the title on his third match point when the Scot netted a backhand at the end of a nail-biting rally. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; editing by John Stonestreet)

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