French Open: Stanislas Wawrinka reaches final with epic five-set win over Andy Murray – The ‘Stanimal’ outlasts the World No.1 in an intriguing semi-final in Paris.
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in action during his semi-final against Great Britain’s Andy Murray in the 2017 French Open in Paris on Friday (Reuters)
Stanislas 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. The Swiss 2015 champion hit a staggering 87 winners as he avenged last year’s semi-final defeat by the world number one to set up a final against nine-times champion Rafael Nadal or Austrian wunderkind 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. 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.