British number one Andy Murray had his hopes of winning his first French Open title dashed by World number one Novak Djokovic in their semi-final encounter which spanned two days due to inclement weather. Murray suffered a five-set defeat against Djokovic after fighting back from two sets down to lose 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 in the fifth set in the thrilling match at Roland Garros in Paris.
Despite winning both his Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open by beating Djokovic, Murray has now lost the last eight matches in a row against the Serbian powerhouse. Murray had earlier beaten David Ferrer in the quarter- finals7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 and Djokovic had dashed Rafeal Nadal’s hopes of his tenth French Open title beating him convincingly in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-1. Stanislas Wawrinka defeated home crowd favourite Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in their semi-final clash 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.
In today’s final Wawrinka stunned Djokovic and the packed stadium to win his first French Open title and prevent the world number one from raising the coveted Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy and completing his full set of four major titles. Eighth seed Wawrinka was on fire winning in four sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 2 to bring an abrupt halt to Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak as he claimed his second Grand Slam title (he won the Australian Open in 2014). Djokovic was on track to become only the eighth man to claim all four Grand Slam singles titles and join the likes of Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal and Fred Perry.
Over in the women’s event Serena Williams won her third French Open title despite battling a bout of flu for 48 hours that saw her doubtful for the final against Lucie Safarova. She rallied to play and win the match 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 to claim her third French crown and an impressive 20th Grand Slam title.
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