Andy Murray made the great start he needed in his first French Open final to take the opening set 6-3 against Novak Djokovic.
Murray has never won a match against Djokovic after losing the first set so the early stages were absolutely crucial, and it was the Scot who was the better player.
Djokovic had the weight of history upon him as, in his fourth French Open final, he attempted to complete his set of grand slam titles and become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four at the same time.
After a minute's applause for Muhammad Ali, the players walked onto Court Philippe Chatrier, and it was clear if Murray was to win it would be against the wishes of the majority.
Chants of 'Nole, Nole' rang out as Djokovic strode out for what he hoped would be the day when he reached the highest echelon of the sport.
He has wavered in the face of history each of the last five years here and it was hard to believe there would not be nerves coursing through his body.
But if there were, he did a brilliant job of hiding them initially, landing a perfect drop shot at the end of a lengthy opening rally and breaking Murray's serve to love.
Murray's fans may have felt their hearts sink but the man himself did exactly what he needed to do, hitting back straight away with a lob that left Djokovic helpless.
The world number two played one of his best ever matches against Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals and confidence oozed out of him as he powered through four games in a row.
It was a remarkable turnaround, and Djokovic's nerves were on show as he tried to locate his missing forehand.
But he stopped the rot to hold for 4-2 and Murray then became distracted by French TV journalist Nelson Monfort sitting in his box, yelling and gesticulating until he left.
More drama followed when he served for the set at 5-3. A second serve at 15-0 was called out but umpire Damien Dumusois over-ruled and awarded Murray the point.
Djokovic was furious and the crowd refused to stop whistling their disapproval as Murray stood at the line ready to serve.
Eventually he was allowed to continue and brought up three set points. He double-faulted on the first and Djokovic saved the second, but on the third the Serbian netted a forehand and Murray pumped his fist at his box and bounced back to his chair.