Stan Wawrinka defeated Andy Murray, and Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem to set up a mouth-watering clash for the French Open title on Sunday.
Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss who won the title in 2015 against Novak Djokovic, faced a tough test in Britain’s Andy Murray as the two squared off in the semi-final at the French Open for the second year in a row.
This wasn’t to be a repeat of last year’s encounter , which Andy Murray won 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-3, as Stan Wawrinka overcame the world number 1 in five sets, triumphing 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after four gruelling hours and 34 minutes. The Swiss hit 87 winners throughout the match, with 45 coming off the forehand.
Rafael Nadal, however, continued his dominant run on clay as he overwhelmed Novak Djokovic’s conquerer Dominic Thiem in straight sets, winning 6-3 6-4 6-0, and utterly dominating the young Austrian in the final set. Thiem was the only person to defeat Nadal on clay this year, with the victory coming in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open; 6-4 6-3, but there was not to be a repeat of this result as the Spaniard took control of the match early on and didn’t relent until he was victorious.
Wawrinka and Nadal will meet for the 19th time, with the Spaniard leading the head to head 18-3, and 5-1 on clay, although Wawrinka won their last Grand Slam meeting at the Australian Open in 2014, which was on a hard court.