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  • Stan Wawrinka exacts revenge on Andy Murray to reach French Open final

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
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    Stan Wawrinka has exacted revenge on Andy Murray for his 2016 French Open semi-final defeat by beating the Brit at the same stage to reach this year’s final.

    In a contest that lasted four-and-a-half hours, Wawrinka rallied back from 2-1 down to beat the world No. 1 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 and head into his fourth Grand Slam final – having won the previous three.

    In only his second meeting against a player in the top-five in 2017 – having lost the first to Djokovic in Doha at the start of the year – Murray was beaten in a lengthy epic, with the Swiss progressing to Sunday’s finale.

    Both had largely struggled in the build-up to Roland Garros but Wawrinka is now on a 10-match winning streak, which saw him lift a title in Geneva and now reach the final where he will now face either nine-time winner Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem.

    Wawrinka came out the traps flying, holding to love and hitting three winners in the process.

    Wawrinka started brightly (Picture: AFP/Getty)

    The two contrasting styles were nicely summed up in the opening exchanges – with Wawrinka hitting six winners and six unforced errors off the opening three games and Murray not making any mistakes for just one winner in the same period – as the Swiss’ risk-and-reward approach battled with Murray’s more conservative and defensive outlook.

    With the match remaining on serve in the opening stages, it was Wawrinka who snatched a break for a 5-3 lead.

    However, as he has done so often in his career, Murray hit back immediately and eventually forced a tiebreak.

    Murray won the opening set (Picture: Getty)

    Murray saved a set point on his way to winning the breaker and played such a remarkable defensive point it would be unbelievable had he not done it so many times before to set up a chance of his own.

    He duly took it at 8-6 and found himself a set up on the third seed – the first set Wawrinka had lost throughout the entire tournament.

    In 14 of their 17 meetings, the winner of the opener had gone on to win the match but Wawrinka reeled off seven straight games to win the second and take a 3-0 lead in the third.
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