Wawrinka Beats Murray in 5 Sets to Make French Open Final

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 10, 2017

The Swiss, who won the French Open title in 2015, dug deep during the four-hour 34-minute affair to get the better of the world No1 and avenge his loss to Murray at the same stage previous year. That was a very high intensity match.

Brutal in its physical and mental demands, brilliant in its level of tennis and intrigue, for four sets and more than four hours it was a stone-cold classic between two of tennis' greatest warriors.

Nadal, who has won all nine finals he has played in Paris, will face 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka on Sunday. "It is more like I didn't have enough weight on my shot at the end of the match to, you know, to put him under any real pressure", admits Murray.

Halep, who will play unseeded Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday on the same court, was smiling and looking relaxed as she watched the match between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

For Murray, his wait to become Britain's first men's champion in Paris since Fred Perry in 1935 goes on.

Not that Murray was under-par, far from it.

"Sometimes a match changes after the first game in a set", said the 14-time grand slam victor.

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However, he lost a fourth set tie-break, and Wawrinka gathered strength for the decider, which he comfortably took 6-1. It will be interesting to see if Wawrinka can repeat that performance after such a draining five set match. It ended up going to a tiebreak with nobody earning a break.

Murray is aiming to return to the final for the second consecutive year.

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Murray started the second set well, but had to save a break point in a marathon fifth game, yelling "Come on!" when he did so.

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Murray admitted that Wawrinka was the stronger player in the end.

And so began the pivotal moments of an incredible match. He converted six of his 10 break-point chances. And although Nadal owns a 4-2 lead in their past matchups, Thiem did win the most recent one, on clay last month at the Italian Open.

Murray got within four points of victory in the fourth set but a misjudged dropshot helped Wawrinka grab the tiebreak and at the same time break Murray's resistance. Five wins and 18 hours on the match court should prove excellent preparation for Wimbledon. No-one in tennis anticipates like Murray, and the Scot's ability not just to get a racket to smashes but to send them back with interest was driving Wawrinka to distraction.

Asked about the prospect of a 10th title, he said: "I think I don't make more history, it's enough".

What Murray never lacks, however, is grit, and just when it looked like the contest was getting away from him, he worked his way back in.

And so to another tiebreak. And he would live to regret it as Murray combined defensive and offensive lobs to move 7-6 in front and then took the set when Wawrinka dumped a return in the net. A lot of long points.

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