NOVAK Djokovic and Andy Murray will today in Roland Garos, France re-enact another Grand Slam hostility as both tennis players engage in another epic war to determine who wins this year’s French Open final.
At the 2016 Australian Open, Djokovic won his sixth Australian Open title, beating Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 in a one-sided final.
Only Roy Emerson (12), who also won six Australian crowns in the 1960s, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal (14) and Roger Federer (17) are now ahead of the Serbian in the all-time Grand Slam singles championship list. Djokovic is level with Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on 11 singles majors.
Indeed, the match promises to be interesting as well as entertaining as both Tennis ‘foes’ engage one another in yet another titanic epic final.
To get to today’s French Open Final, Murray outplayed defending champion Stan Wawrinka to become the first British man to reach a French Open final since 1937.
The Scot, seeded second, won 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2 to set the stage for a face – to-face with world number one Novak Djokovic in today’s final.
On the other hand, Djokovic beat Austrian 13th seed Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-1 6-4 to book a ticket for the French Open final.
Going by history, Murray, 29, matches the achievement of Britain’s last finalist Bunny Austin – and will now hope to equal Fred Perry’s victory of 1936.
And by this achievement, he also becomes one of only 10 men since the open era began in 1968 to have reached the final of all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Said he: ”I’m extremely proud,” said Murray. “I never expected to reach the final here, I always struggled on the clay. I hope I can put on a good match on Sunday.”
Interestingly, Murray, it was, who ended Wawrinka’s reign in one of the epic battles.
Wawrinka, 31, had won their last three matches and came out firing on all cylinders, but once Murray had saved a break point in a lengthy opening service game he steadily assumed control.
Wawrinka threatened a comeback after taking the third set.
A backhand smash gave Murray the break in game three and he served superbly under pressure to fend off three break points before sealing the set after 50 minutes.
Source : SunOnline