Djokovic-Murray kept hanging for final date with Wawrinka

Fri Jun 5, 2015 4:28pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray's French Open final hopes were on a knife edge on Friday after a thunderstorm left the pair facing an uneasy night wondering who will face Swiss Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's showpiece contest.

A battle between the Serbian and British heavyweights had promised much, got off to bit of a false start but was then building towards a rousing finale when an approaching storm brought a halt to proceedings at Roland Garros.

The duo were sent scuttling back into the locker room with world number one Djokovic leading 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-3.

One man who will not be feeling sorry for them is eighth seed Wawrinka.

The 30-year-old will be delighted to get a whole day's rest after he outlasted home hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 6-4 in a grueling three hour 46 minute tussle under blazing sunshine with the mercury hitting 33 degrees Celsius.

The suffocating heat even left the players dazed and confused midway through the fourth set, with Tsonga slumping on his seat after four games when there should have been no break or changeover.

Chants of "Tson-ga, Tson-ga, Tson-ga" failed to rouse the crowd favorite who was bidding to become the first Frenchman to reach the final since Henri Leconte in 1988.


Andy Murray of Britain returns the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's semi-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 5, 2015.      REUTERS/Vincent Kessler