Murray faces Wawrinka in French Open semifinals

  • Murray faces Wawrinka in French Open semifinals

Murray faces Wawrinka in French Open semifinals

"Britain's world number one has made a career out of solving puzzles during matches - making up for a lack of one killer shot by utilising one of the best brains in men's tennis", said the Swede who was also known for his smart tactics.

He faltered when serving at 5-3 in the first set and wasted a set point in the tiebreak before Murray conjured some magic to snatch the opener. Thiem defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

He has also endured a season punctuated by an elbow injury, shingles and flu.

"I think I don't make more history".

The Vecernje Novosti newspaper said the defeat "will cost a lot" as Djokovic may now fall to fourth position in the world rankings.

Wawrinka has been in explosive form so far in Paris in reaching the semi-final.

Murray won the first set 7-6 (6).

Did he give up in the last set?

However, in the quarter-finals, he dropped the first set against Kei Nishikori before his greater stamina proved decisive.

Rafael Nadal is now leading Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in their French Open semifinal.

"You have to play the best guys round after round", Thiem said. And although Nadal owns a 4-2 lead in their past matchups, Thiem did win the most recent one, on clay last month at the Italian Open.

After holding serve for 2-1, Murray let out a huge "Let's go!" before reeling off the next four games to level the match a set apiece. The conditions will be quicker than this time a year ago in the cold and the gloom, making Wawrinka's groundstrokes even more lethal.

"It's unbelievable for me", Thiem said.

"There have not been any players ever who feel the moments, feel the tactics better than Murray".

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

"He blew the seventh seed off court".

Among the four men's semifinalists at the French Open, Gustavo Kuerten picks Rafael Nadal to win a record 10th title in Paris.

Wawrinka has lost 54 games - identical to the figure at the same stage in 2015 when he became champion.

"I don't know how many games I lost this year, but I really don't care about this".

I don't know why yet, so I have to find some reasons.

Wawrinka faces a slightly different challenge in the final where he will try and stop Nadal becoming the first player in the professional era to win the same grand slam 10 times.

- It was the first time Wawrinka lost a set at Roland Garros this year.

However, Thiem won't mind being the odd man out.

He is looking to join Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro as the only players other than Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Wawrinka and Roger Federer to win grand slam titles in the last 12 years.

Murray advanced to his fourth straight semifinals in Paris, defeating Nishikori to avenge his loss to the Japanese star at the US Open previous year. The French crowd, who can be hyper-critical when they think someone is not competitive, even when they are trying hard as Thiem was, got on his back as he crumbled to 5-0 with another service break and though he had 0-30 in the sixth game, Nadal closed him out to complete another routine victory.