Djokovic downs Murray to reach French Open final

Sat Jun 6, 2015 9:06am EDT
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic rediscovered a ruthless streak when it mattered most to stay on course for a career slam with a nail-biting 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1 win over Andy Murray to reach the French Open final on Saturday.

The Serb, looking to win the only major missing from his collection, was leading 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-3 when play was interrupted by rain and dusk after the British third seed had clawed his way back into contention on Friday.

Murray returned to court and carried on where he left off, breaking in the 11th game of the fourth set to send the contest into a decider.

Djokovic, however, was up to the task and broke twice to secure a place in the final with an ace.

Djokovic, who has a 16-0 record on clay this season, will play Swiss Stan Wawrinka on Sunday in his third Roland Garros final in four years.

"It was a very difficult match, I started very well with the right intensity, I was solid and aggressive but then Andy found his confidence back," Djokovic, hoping to become the eighth man to gain all four grand slams, said on a sun-kissed court Philippe Chatrier.

"Today the first game of the fifth set was very important. Then I broke and I started playing better."

The match featured the two players still unbeaten on clay this season.   Continued...

 
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball to Andy Murray of Britain during their men's semi-final match at the French Open at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol