Paris: Novak Djokovic beat battling Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 on Saturday to reach his third French Open final and stand on the cusp of a career Grand Slam.
The World No 1, who knocked out nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, goes on to face eighth-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka in today’s title match.
A dejected Andy Murray throws his towel as he leaves centre court after losing his semi-final on Saturday. Pic/AP,PTI
After their thrilling semi-final was halted due to a storm at 3-3 in the fourth set on Friday, Murray levelled the contest at two sets apiece.
Eighth win for Djoko
But the Serb rallied in the decider to wrap up his eighth successive win over his fellow 28-year-old who he had also beaten in January’s Australian Open final.
For Murray, it was a third semi-final loss at Roland Garros meaning Britain’s wait for a first men’s finalist since Bunny Austin in 1937 goes on.
"In the fifth set he was hitting the ball very close to the line, so I ended up doing a lot of defending," admitted Murray.
"I felt like I ended up putting up like six or seven lobs just because he was hitting the ball very close to the line."