Nadal just 1 step away from 'La Decima' in Paris

Saturday, 10 Jun, 2017

Yet the nine-time Roland Garros champion dispatched up-and-coming Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 on Friday to reach his 10th final at the clay-court Grand Slam, extending his record for the most final appearances in Paris.

Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and outgoing champion Novak Djokovic — who lost his quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem — have also had run-ins with Ramos at this tournament.

For four hours and four minutes, Andy Murray stood toe to toe with Wawrinka in a French Open semi-final classic.

The 19-year-old from Norwich reached his first grand slam singles final with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Japan's Shingo Kuneida, before partnering Gordon Reid to a 6-4 3-6 10-8 win against Argentina's Fernandez and Maikel Scheffers of Holland in the doubles semi-finals.

"I'm extremely confident about what I do, about how I feel, about all the hard work I have accomplished over the past days, weeks, months, years", said Wawrinka, who has won a career-best 10 consecutive matches.

But something will have to give against Wawrinka.

- Wawrinka hit an incredible 87 winners to Murray's 36. Nadal is simply playing some of the best tennis we've seen from him in years, and it's been a joy to see.

At 3-0 in the third to Wawrinka, things looked bleak for Murray, but he moved a little closer to the baseline while continuing to pull off some unbelievable recovery shots. He's won the previous three, beating Nadal at the Australian Open in 2014, and Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros two years ago and the U.S. Open last September.

"I am not the right one to say, but to play 10 finals here is something hard".

In a match that was always going to be a tussle between Wawrinka's brilliance and Murray's resilience, it was the Swiss who drew first blood in the first set, breaking Murray in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead.

When asked about the possibility of "La Decima", he said: "I don't need to make any more history, no?"

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1973 - The last time a man older than the 32-year-old Wawrinka appeared in the men's final at the French Open.

Top-ranked Andy Murray of Britain is facing third-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on Court Philippe Chatrier.

In the last set alone, Wawrinka smeared Murray with 15 winners to two and, at the height of dominance, pocketed 18 of 20 points to take control.

The pair did not step begin their match until gone 6pm after Wawrinka's epic five-set victory over Andy Murray.

"I'm proud of the tournament I had", Murray told reporters. So I think he is getting more out of his game than most players.

"I was close to finishing it in the fourth set".

"He was very aggressive, and he never really let me install my game". I'm really happy to find a way how to win the match.

"Obviously when you're 5-0 down and three breaks behind in the fifth set you're not that optimistic", Murray said. Nadal won 6-3, 6-4, 6-0.

Starting the fifth set, Wawrinka shot away to take a stranglehold, winning six straight games and finishing the marathon effort with a ripping backhand victor down the line.

That came as part of a run of four games on the bounce and an easy hold to love to go 5-2 in front set Nadal up to clinch the opener.