Andy Murray has become the first Brit to reach the French Open final in over 80 years after defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2.
It is the first time Murray, 29, has made the final of the clay court event at Roland Garros.Murray missed his serve on first set-point, Wawrinka punished his second for deuce and unleashed his famous backhand for break point. Murray got a time violation at the worst time but replied with his fastest serve of the match and screamed in vindication. Wawrinka got another look, gave it back for deuce, but got a third break when Murray could not control a volley at the net. Murray saved with a wide serve, worked hard for another set point, and Wawrinka hit long.
As it transpired, that effort took more out of the loser than the winner of the duel. After a sustained exchange of high-quality shots at the start of the second set, Murray broke in the third game, and was bringing a level of tennis IQ to his work that Wawrinka could not handle. A second break for 4-1 was the dividend.
Now he was doing to the Swiss what he did to Djokovic in the early skirmishes of the 2012 US Open final: draining his energy by extending the point and moving him across the line. It needed a supreme level of concentration and confidence to execute but it was all coming together for him at the right time.
Wawrinka grew exasperated, as Murray move serenely to a two-set lead. The contrast in their demeanours was striking. No screaming at the Murray box on Friday.Wawrinka was energised after taking a close third set, breaking Murray’s serve for the first time in the 10th game, but Murray interrupted his revival instantly, breaking him to 30 at the start of the fourth. From there to the end, when he blasted his way into the final with a concluding smash