The World No. 1 was forced to take the contest to four sets after suffering a slip-up in the opening set of the encounter. Djokovic fought back spiritedly to secure his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title and move to joint-third in the all-time rankings with Roy Emerson on 12 triumphs.
The Serbian has now won six of the previous eight majors and is hunting down a calendar slam—only once achieved in the Open Era by Rod Laver in 1969.
Per the Telegraph, Djokovic is now just the third player in men's singles history to hold all four titles consecutively.
|French Open Final 2016: Key Statistics|
|Novak Djokovic||Stat||Andy Murray|
|76/110||First Serve % In||55/119|
|26/33||Net Points Won||13/24|
|7/14||Break Points Won||3/10|
French Open success has been absent on the 29-year-old's significant haul of achievements throughout his career, mainly due to the former World top seed Rafael Nadal's overwhelming dominance on the clay surface in the French capital.
Per Paul Vinnell of Sky Sports, Nadal—a nine time Roland Garros winner—missed this year's competition due to a wrist injury, having last won the tournament in 2014.
Statistician Mohandas Menon detailed Djokovic's long wait for success in France:
A three-time finalist in 2012, 2014 and 2015, the Serb endured a sluggish start against Murray as the World No. 2 coaxed his opponent into multiple errors as the first seven points of the final went against the serving player.
Two-time Slam winner Murray waltzed to the first set with four aces and a 73.7 win percentage on his first serve, with Djokovic recording just 64.5 per cent of his first-serve points overall.
ESPN Stats & Info detailed Djokovic's path to his first French Open title:
The world's best player struck 41 winners compared to Murray's 23, but it was at the net where Djokovic was at his devastating best, as he won 26 of his 33 points.
It all appeared to be going so well for the Brit during the early stages of the match, as footage from Roland Garros suggests:
Murray's first set would be as good as it got for the 2013 Wimbledon champion, who maintained his level of performance but was powerless to prevent Djokovic's aggressive charge from behind.
The Scot's double-fault second-game decider proved a telling moment in the final, and despite holding for 3-1, Djokovic broke two games later to seal the second set after Murray struck the net with a vicious serve.
Murray was at the receiving end of 11 winners and was broken twice as he managed just one break point, which he failed to convert.
The champion grasped the momentum of the game with a firm grip and never let go from that moment. He begun to play some wonderful tennis in the third set, as he brought the Roland Garros crowd to their feet with a magnificent passing double-handed backhand.
Despite showing some nerves at the business end of the fourth set, Djokovic had already secured two breaks in hand to ease any serious concerns of a collapse.
Just three weeks lapse between the French Open final and the start of Wimbledon—a tournament Murray has fond memories of from his historic title-lift three years ago—Djokovic will enter that event as the reigning champion and favourite, having downed Roger Federer in the previous two finals.
Djokovic will now go in search of a third-straight Grand Slam success this season in his quest for a perfect year on tour.