French Open Day 13: Murray too good for 2015 champion Wawrinka, Serena Williams heads to final

Andy Murray is through to the French Open final for the first time as the Scotsman defeated defending champion Stan Wawrinka to become the first British man to reach the final at Roland Garros for 79 years.

Murray has fallen at the semi-finals in two previous French Open tournaments but he would make it third time lucky as he overcame the tough challenge of third seed Wawrinka 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2.

Andy Murray will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final image: bbc.com

Andy Murray will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final
image: bbc.com

The British number one cruised into a two-set lead and while a single break point in the third saw Wawrinka fight his way back into contention, Murray proved too good for last year’s winner to keep hopes of a third grand slam title alive.

World number one Novak Djokovic stands in the way of Murray and a first French Open title as the Serbian is just one match away from completing a career grand slam.

Up-and-coming Austrian Dominic Thiem proved no match for Djokovic who only dropped three games in the opening two sets to cruise to a 6-2 6-1 6-4 straight sets victory.

It was a fourth match in four days for both men but it seemed to take its toll more on the Austrian who misfired his usually impressive one-handed backhands as Djokovic won five games in a row in the third set to reach a second successive French Open final.

In women’s action, world number one Serena Williams is just one match away from equalling Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 grand slam titles but she had to dig deep to beat Kiki Bertens.

The Dutch woman who knocked out Angelique Kerber and Timea Bacszinsky started off well as the American had to save two set points before winning the tie-break.

Bertens threatened a fight back in the second lead with an early break to lead 2-0 but Williams broke back straight away and only conceded another two games to seal a hard-fought 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 victory.

It will be a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon final at Roland Garros on Saturday as Spaniard Garbine Muguruza proved too good for Sam Stousr to reach a second grand slam final.

Garbine Murguruza will face Serena Williams in a repeat of last year's Wimbledon final image: rte.ie

Garbine Murguruza will face Serena Williams in a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon final
image: rte.ie

The 22-year-old raced into a 4-0 lead against 2010 French Open runner-up Stousr on Court Suzanne Lenglen and overcame some late nerves in the second to bag a 6-2 6-4 win over the Australian.

Murguruza becomes the first Spanish woman to reach the Roland Garros final since Conchita Martinez in 2000 and she hopes for a better result against Serena Williams this time around to win a first grand slam title.

More results from day 13, including all the doubles action, can be found at this link.

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