Swiss champion and world number 3 Stan Wawrinka prove too strong for world number 1 Andy Murray. The high octane match ended 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1.
Stan Wawrinka broke down Andy Murray's formidable defences to reach the French Open final on Friday, twice coming from a set down to win a high-octane contest 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1.
Par un ultime revers long de ligne, Stan Wawrinka se qualifie pour sa deuxime finale de Roland-Garros face Andy Murray !#RG17 pic.twitter.com/FzENFHg7aj— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2017
The Swiss 2015 champion hit a staggering 87 winners as he avenged last year's semifinal defeat by the world number one to set up a final against nine-times champion Rafa Nadal or Austrian wonderkid Dominic Thiem.
Murray absorbed everything Wawrinka threw at him for most of the four hour and 34 minute match but after winning a tense fourth set Wawrinka steamed ahead in the decider as Murray's armour was finally pierced.
STANd and Deliver— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2017
The 2015 champion is through to his 4th Major final after battling past No.1 Murray 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1.#RG17 pic.twitter.com/XI1BdTzkq6
Third seed Wawrinka, who had not dropped a set on the way to the semis, wavered slightly when dropping serve at 5-0 but broke straight back to claim victory with a flashing backhand.