Well, it's time to dust the red clay off our keyboard at Blog HQ and say salut until next year. It's been a brilliant 15 days. Thank you for joining us for every backhand, bounce and banana break. Let's all meet again here next year.
It was 24 minutes past six on a beautiful Parisian evening when the moment came... Read Roland-Garros reporter Kate Battersby's feature on the moment Stan Wawrinka knew he could win the French Open title.
And we're done. See you in 2016 fans! #RG15 #InsideRG #FrenchClosed http://t.co/OZRY6Hu6iX
Champions Roll of Honour
Women's singles - Serena WilliamsMen's singles - Stan WawrinkaWomen's doubles - Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-SandsMen's doubles - Marcelo Melo and Ivan DodigMixed doubles - Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mike BryanBoys singles - Tommy PaulGirls singles - Paula Badosa Gibert
"Le Big Four sera toujours le Big Four. J'essaye de ne pas me comparer à eux mais j'essaye de les battre." #RG15 http://t.co/5UIxHSIlXD
The Big Five
Here's a bit more from Stan Wawrinka: "I've changed my approach when I go deep in a tournament.
When it's a final I feel confident in my game. I'm ready to beat the best
players in the world. As I told you earlier, I'm not as good as the big four but
I'm quite good enough to win two Grand Slam tournaments. But the big four will
always be the big four. I want to beat them, that's all."
A Grand Slam champion with a sense of humor. Look what came to press with @stanwawrinka! #stansshorts #RG15 http://t.co/GVtredijWd
I'm still surprised - I played amazing
"I'm still surprised with the way I played, as I think I played amazing today," Stan Wawrinka tells the media "I was really nervous but I was also going for my shots. I'm really happy with the trophy today. I'm proud of winning against Novak, he's such a tough player. It was amazing to play against him and win today. We're really good friends and we practice almost every week."
Aggressive play led #Wawrinka to #RG15 victory! Congratulations Stan! #GameChangersIBM #ibmrg http://t.co/5QuZCC22yB
What do you do first when you've just won a first French Open title? Maybe someone will ask Stan Wawrinka in his upcoming media conference, which is on the 30-year-old's to-do list after his second Slam triumph. He's due to speak to the media soon.
The trophy awaits... @stanwawrinka due to give post match press any minute now. #RG15 http://t.co/xkWcKMhxx0
And the prize is...
We might think that tennis stars play just for fun but it's also a job - although it's a pretty cool 9-5 habit. The winner of the men's trophy will earn 1.8m euros with the runner-up taking home 900,000 euros. That's not bad for 15 days' work!
"Stan Wawrinka simply had too much power for Novak Djokovic to contend with, plus the belief to keep landing his killer blows, no matter the stage of the match." Read more in Matt Trollope's report for Roland-Garros.com.
to create more of a story where it's just me.
It feels like I'm the only player who wants to win this trophy and
nobody wants to win it as much as I do; this is completely untrue.
"Today I went out on the
court knowing I'm close, but across the net there was also player that wanted to
win and he had a match to lose. He was playing very well. He deserved
to win. That's all can I say."
There's still a lovely bubbly atmosphere around Roland-Garros but the Court Philippe-Chatrier stands are almost empty now, the red clay is being raked after its final pounding and all that remains are for a few final snaps for the memory box.
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands goes home with two title in her luggage. She won the mixed doubles title with Mike Bryan and the women's doubles with Lucie Safarova. "What a couple of weeks," she reflected. "I don't think it's completely soaked in until I get my champagne in my trophy." Well...
They've had many a great battle & today was no different. Plenty of sportsmanship on show. #RG15 http://t.co/iqEbcW6rAB
There's lots of love for Stan Wawrinka - our new French Open champion - on social media. Among those tennis peers sending their praise is Roger Federer, his Davis Cup teammate, who tweeted 'CHAMP' followed by a party hat emoticon.
Cheers can be heard from all round the stadium as @stanwawrinka hoists the trophy. #RG15 http://t.co/zjPF1JWtHw
"Today congratulatoins to Stan his family and his team. It's difficult for me to speak right now. Thank you to my team and my wife.To the French public and around the world. It's an extraordinary tournament. I would like to continue to fight for the trophy next year. All the respect to Stan, he's a big champion."
#Djokovic overcome with emotion after receiving his runner up trophy & from incredible crowd support. #RG15 http://t.co/uJfSBch2SC
Stan is The Man
Gustavo Kuerten hands over the Coupe des Mousquetaires to Stan Wawrinka, who holds it aloft. He soaks up the moment and accepts the applause. The 30-year-old smiles and closes his eyes when the Swiss national anthem is played for the podium celebrations.
Crowd are showing incredible support for runner up #Djokovic. #RG15 http://t.co/moMmXWkjdi
Emotions for Novak
French Tennis Federation president Jean Gachassin presents Novak Djokovic with his runners-up plate. The world No.1 is smiling but he'll be sorry to see that elusive French Open title slip away for a third time. The Serbian fans wave flags in the crowd and chant "Nole, Nole!" It's a long ovation and Djokovic breaks into tears.
Stan Wawrinka goes over to Novak Djokovic, who is still in his seat, and the pair have another hug and a quick word. That's a second Grand Slam title for Wawrinka, to add to the Australian Open title he won in 2014. He's won both his titles as the eighth seed, beating the World No.1 and No.2 en route. The omens were pretty good eh?
The Novak Djokovic narrative is over. The fairytale ending goes to Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss sealing a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 win with his trademark backhand. The players hug at the net. Djokovic goes to his seat. Wawrinka goes to the players box and greets his team, including coach Magnus Norman, his parents and friends.
A big, big game. Novak Djokovic sends a drop-shot wide at 15-15 and Stan Wawrinka flicks a backhand down the line for 15-30. The Swiss sends the ball long for 30-30 but he conjures a brilliant passing shot to bring up a break point. The world No.1 glides into the net on the serve-and-volley to save break point. But Djokovic cannot get to the service return for another break point... Wawrinka fizzes a pass down the line. The Chatrier crowd are on their feet.
Hands up if you love this final! It's see-sawing between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss misses a forehand for 0-30 and bundles the ball into the net at 0-40. Wawrinka saves one break point with good hands at the net, another with a backhand winner and the third and final one with an ace. Djokovic flies a defensive lob long - twice - and Wawrinka holds.
#StantheManAn incredible rally from both finalists, but it's #Wawrinka who outlasts #Djokovic for the break. #RG15https://t.co/aDe3YzD5QU
Djokovic 6-4 4-6 3-6 4-3* Wawrinka
Stan Wawrinka is too hot to handle as he showers Novak Djokovic with some big hitting for 15-40. The world No.1 recovers one with a volley danced across the net and he stretches for another at the net to snuff out the danger for deuce. A big serve takes him to advantage and an angled backhand down the line sees him hang tough. Another big hold after a run of three straight games for Wawrinka
We have a Novak Djokovic wobble. The world No.1 is broken after an intense, thrilling rally - 30 shots rally fans - on game point. Djokovic conceding the break when he nets. Who said anything about a fifth set?
Our #RG15 finalists are grimacing and groaning, but Novak Djokovic races into a healthy lead in the fourth set. The world No.1 slashes a forehand for 40-30 and Stan Wawrinka nets to see him hold. The Chatrier stands rock to the rhythm of "Nole, Nole!" chants. We think they want to see a fifth set!
There are wide eyes from Novak Djokovic as he sees a break point chance loom large. Stan Wawrinka hits long and wide and when he misses a volley for 30-40, the world No.1 pounces on the break chance as the Swiss goes long on the backhand.
Stan Wawrinka takes a two-sets-to-one lead after winning the third set 6-3. He lands a ninth ace, Novak Djokovic nets a backhand, Wawrinka puts away a volley and when Djokovic pushes the return long, that's the game and the set. The Chatrier crowd are cheering. Do they sense a Grand Slam upset?
Some shot from Stan Wawrinka, who curls a backhand round the net-post to take Novak Djokovic to 0-30. The world No.1 recovers ground to 30-30 and he holds when Wawrinka misses on the backhand. Wawrinka will serve for the set.
Things are getting hot out there. Novak Djokovic pours water over his head at the change of ends while Stan Wawrinka rubs the iced towel over his brow. The Chatrier crowd erupt in a volcanic Mexican wave. Maybe not in the posh seats...
A double fault sees Stan Wawrinka to 40-40 and then, after a second serve, he misses with a forehand to hand Novak Djokovic a chance to break back. The Chatrier crowd murmur with excitement. A fiery forehand snuffs out the break point and the Swiss holds when the world No.1's lob goes long.
Stan Wawrinka has the break in the third set, breaking Novak Djokovic to love. The Swiss earned it too, winning a 24-stroke rally at 0-15, then hitting a forehand right into the corner for 0-30, a stunning backhand winner down the line for 0-40 and then a cross-court strike.
There are just over two hours on the Court Philippe-Chatrier clock. Novak Djokovic pushes Stan Wawrinka wide, wide, wide for 30-15. But the world No.1 sweeps his return wide for 30-30. On game point, Wawrinka flies a backline into the tramlines and Djokovic holds.
Three break points dangle across the net for Stan Wawrinka when Novak Djokovic nets a forehand at 15-30 and sends a loose backhand long at 15-40. The world No.1 saves the first break point at the net and does likewise with another volley to grind back to deuce. Djokovic nets the forehand for another break chance but this time Wawrinka nets the return. Another fluffed return sees Djokovic hold as a shout of "Allez Nole" rings out on Chatrier.
Are the stars aligning for Stan? He's seeded eighth for #RG15 and he was the last No.8 seed to win a Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2014. In Melbourne he defeated the No.1 and No.2 seeds en route to the title. He dispatched second seed and pal, Roger Federer, in the quarter-finals here and he faces the No.1 on the other side of the net.
Stan Wawrinka has set point. He eked it out thanks to a sensational backhand down the line and a winner on the opposite side. Novak Djokovic flings the ball to bring up set point and another wild backhand hands Wawrinka the second set 6-4. It's Djokovic's turn to toss his racquet away in frustration. After polishing off a semi-final against Andy Murray yesterday maybe he doesn't want to go the distance?
There is some poise and precision from Stan Wawrinka as he serves out to 15. He flicks two lovely forehands right into the corner. An important hold for the eighth seed. The chaps sit down. Novak has another dried fig and Stan drapes the iced towel around his shoulders.
A forehand from the world No.1 drops just outside the line for deuce. Novak Djokovic piles a simple forehand into the net and it's a fifth break point chance for Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss flies another forehand long, he gets the mark checked, it is out and wipes sweat from his brow. Wawrinka flicks another volley wide to give Djokovic game point and he nets another short ball. The Swiss slams his racquet into the net in frustration.
From 40-0, Stan Wawrinka slides to deuce when he misses a forehand and a backhand. This is danger time for the Swiss... Wawrinka shouts out when he conjures a big serve to hold. After missing break points, it's vital for the Swiss that he remains rock-solid on serve.
Stan Wawrinka pushes and presses Novak Djokovic beyond the baseline and the Serbian raises his arms half in frustration when he goes wide with his return at 30-30. The Serb digs another backhand out to bring up another break chance for Wawrinka. Djokovic puts away a short ball at the net to save for deuce. The world No.1 keeps up his defences and he holds when Wawrinka puts an overhead wide. Another break point chance gone.
A pair of precious break points come and go for Stan Wawrinka in the fourth game. Novak Djokovic bobbles the ball along the net to bring up a break point chance for Wawrinka. The Swiss can't capitalise and sends his backhand long for deuce. Wawrinka smashes to bring up another break chance but again mishits long for a second deuce. Another intense rally ends when Wawrinka goes long and he looks to the skies. Another error from the Swiss and Djokovic holds.
An ace takes Novak Djokovic to 30-0 and he holds to love. In the opening set, the world No.1 won 78% of points when he nailed his first serve, by the way. He also made nine unforced errors compared to 14 for Stan Wawrinka.
There's no let up in a Grand Slam final. Novak Djokovic musles his way to 30-40 when Stan Wawrinka misjudges his forehand return. An unreturnable serve saves deuce. The Swiss pumps his fist, has a little chat to himself. Wawrinka shouts "Come on" when Djokovic sprays the ball wide. The Swiss eighth seed wins the game at the net.
Novak Djokovic wins the first set but not before a struggle. Stan Wawrinka passes Djokovic for 40-30 and another thrilling back and forth ends with the world No.1 volleying into the net. A Djokovic backhand is bundled into the net to hand Wawrinka his first break point of the match but he wriggles out of trouble with a big serve. Wawrinka nets a backhand and pumps a flashing Djokovic forehand wide. The world No.1 wins the opener 6-4.
Stan Wawrinka stretches to rip a forehand across court for 40-15 and another flashing forehand sees him tick off a game. Novak Djokovic has a bite of what looks like a dried fig at the change of ends. He will serve for the first set next.
Novak Djokovic zones in as he smashes down a drive volley and fires over an ace to hold. The world No.1 backing up the early break. That'll please his parents Srdjan and Dijana who are watching on Chatrier today.
Stan Wawrinka's defences crumble in the seventh game. He mistimes his backhand for 0-30 and fires another backhand wild and wide to bring up three break points. A double-fault under pressure sees Novak Djokovic grab the break.
The Chatrier crowd bubble when Novak Djokovic moves to 0-30 on Stan Wawrinka's serve. But the Swiss opens up the court and draws closer with a forehand down the line, he repeats the trick to snuff out a break point at 30-40. Wawrinka sends Djokovic the wrong way and the Serb dumps the ball into the net to hold. There's 21 minutes on the clock and our star players are back at their seats for the changeover.
Stan Wawrinka is going for his second Grand Slam title and first on the Parisian clay today. The Swiss upset Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open crown in 2014 and he's got his eye on another big win against Novak Djokovic. If Stan does win today he will also have the distinction of being a boys' singles winner here in 2003 and then going on to repeat the feat in the main draw 12 years later.
Stan Wawrinka gets the opening set under way. We're expecting this final to be punchy as both players have been in great form on the clay at #RG15 and it's very close indeed in the early exchanges. A high-quality 39-stroke rally ends when Novak Djokovic goes long and Stan Wawrinka flashes down an unreturnable forehand to hold. The Swiss had been taken to deuce, by the way. Five minutes in.
It's no secret that Novak Djokovic wants to win the French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, by winning all four major titles. He's gone toe-to-toe with Rafael Nadal for the biggest clay-court title in tennis twice in 2012 and 2014 but has lost both times.If he wins today, Djokovic would also pick up the ninth Grand Slam title of his career and own the first two legs of the calendar Slam - a fabled feat that only two players [Don Budge and Rod Laver] have ever achieved.
The players are climbing the stairs, ready to make their entrance to a packed Court Philippe-Chatrier. First out of the traps is Stan Wawrinka, wearing his red and white checked shorts, and next comes Novak Djokovic, wearing an orange top and black shorts. Djokovic glances up at the stands with a brief smile. Big day this for both men.
Let us reach across our virtual net and make our own handshakes before the final commences. I'm Sarah Holt, your Blog guide for the final furlong. Your thoughts on which of our finalists will win are welcome via Twitter @sholtscribbles and @rolandgarros.
Bonjour tout le monde. Are you ready for the final flourish at the 2015 French Open? The men's final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka is just moments away. Here at Blog HQ, we have stocked up on mints and Perrier to see us through our final match.
Make some space in the suitcase Ms Safarova because you will leave Paris with some silverware after all. Safarova, runner-up in the singles, and dubs partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands complete a fightback to win the women's doubles title 3-6 6-4 6-2 against Australian Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova. Safarova and Mattek-Sands hug it out.
Could it be two titles in Paris for American Bethanie Mattek-Sands? The 30-year-old collected the mixed doubles title on Friday with partner Mike Bryan and she and Lucie Safarova are a break up with a 4-2 lead in the third set of the women's dubs, on court now!
Lucie Safarova - yes her again - serves out to hold and take the second set 6-4 from Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova with a little help from her friend Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The women's dubs final is now locked at one-set all.
Novak Djokovic - going for his first French Open title later today - has tuned up with a light hit over lunchtime. The world No.1 is unlikely to be joining in with a baguette pour dejeuner anyway as he has stuck to gluten-free fayre since 2011. He knows where the gluten-free bakery is in Paris and has even written a book about his diet called "Serve to Win."
It's a heated contest in the midday sun over Chatrier in the women's doubles final. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova have just grabbed a vital break back against Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova, but they are one game away from the opening set.
There are scenes of heady excitement on Court Suzanne-Lenglen where the Perrier legends final involving Cedric Pioline and Mark Woodforde against Guy Forget and Henri Leconte is reaching its conclusion in front of a packed crowd. You can join the antics on the Roland-Garros Periscope feed.
Good friends Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands only paired up for doubles this year but it's already a rock-solid combination. They won the Australian Open title in their first tournament together and are now going for Slam No.2 in Paris.
We do have another trophy to hand out before the men's final at 3pm Paris time and that's in the women's doubles. Back on Chatrier for the second day running is 2015 runner-up Lucie Safarova, who partners Bethanie Mattek-Sands. They are taking on Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova. They are into the first game but we'll keep an eye on that match.
History will be made today on the rich, red clay
of Roland-Garros. We will crown a new men's French Open champion. Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are the men in the frame but which of them will play their way to victory?
We are a little triste at Blog HQ because it's our last day at #RG15. [Insert sad face] But a little morning sojourn around the grounds has lifted our spirits. Stan Wawrinka was out having a hit on Chatrier, a four-piece band was playing in Place Des Mousquetaires, the trophies were being polished and we found a pain au chocolat.
Alors, that's a wrap from day 14 of #RG15. Let's meet here again tomorrow when two more titles will be handed out, first in the women's doubles final (12pm Paris time) and then the showdown between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka (3pm).
Marcelo Melo: "First of all I would like to say thank you for everybody here. I said to Ivan
four years ago we can do great things and here we are. Four years together is not easy. Thank you for everyone in the box, my brother, my
coach for seven years and one friend who came from Brazil just for the final. It was not easy to play with Guga [Gustavo Kuerten]
watching."Ivan Dodig: "I just want to thank all the people who came here to watch us today. It was a great match and we really enjoyed it. Thanks a lot to my partner and I hope we will continue to play some more tournaments. To finish it I would like to thank all my team, my father and brother who came today for the match. It was amazing for us. A big hug to my wife and son back home."
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, both dressed in yellow and blue, drop to the clay in delight. There are celebrations in the box - and in the VIP seats where Gustavo Kuerten is busy taking snaps of the party involving his fellow Brazilian Melo. Dodig and Melo hug it out. It's their first Grand Slam title together.
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo are the men's doubles champions. They have edged a very tight match against two-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan 6-7 7-6 7-5. Dodig brought up match-point when he stretched to plunge a passing shot down the line and Marcelo Melo, serving, sealed it.
Here's a bit more from Serena Williams on winning the landmark 20th Grand Slam. "I haven't really had a lot of time to take it in. I'm still kind of celebrating No.19. So here I am at 20. It seems a little bit like a dream. Is this really my life? Is this really happening? It's really kind of weird."
Things are still tight as you like in the men's doubles finals, playing out on Chatrier. The Bryan Brothers against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo are rock solid so far. Each pairing has snatched a break point but neither duo has been able to take it. It's 5-5 in the third.
Our champion Serena Williams, appearing in a pretty cornflower-blue knitted top, has just finished speaking to the media. She's revealed more about the illness which stilted her progress in the latter stages of the tournament. "When you have flu your whole body aches and that's what I've
been dealing with," she says. "Even now, I don't have any energy. It has nothing to do with why I lost those first sets in the beginning of
the week - I was just not playing the way Serena Williams should play."