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Published: 20:37 | 3/6/16

Murray through to Roland Garros final

Briton beats defending champion Wawrinka in four sets

Andy Murray became the first Briton in 79 years to make the French Open men's singles final after beating defending champion Stan Wawrinka in a hard-fought semi-final at Roland Garros.

Murray won 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2 to became the first Briton to make the men's final since Bunny Austin back in 1937.

He now faces world number one Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday in a bid to become the first British men's winner since Fred Perry back in 1935.

The Serb, who is also looking for his first French Open title, reached the final earlier in the day after crushing first-time semi-finalist Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-1 6-4.

Speaking afterwards, Murray, who is only the tenth man to reach all four slam finals in the open era, said: "I'm extremely proud. I never expected to reach the final here.

"To play at that level in the semis of the French Open is very pleasing.

"There was a lot of pressure there, as well, today. I was just really happy with the way that I handled everything, and it was for sure one of the better matches that I have played on clay throughout my career.

"To play the way that I did today after a tough start to the tournament, I was just really, really happy with that."

On achieving the landmark of reaching all four slam finals, the Scot added: "It's big. Especially with the guys that are around just now. It's not been easy. I lost three semis (at the French Open). I lost two to Rafa and one to Novak last year.

"So beating Stan, he's obviously won this event before. The further he gets in tournaments, he tends to play better, as well. So to have done it against him means a lot.

"There's not many players that do that now because before three of the slams were played on grass, and now they're on the different surfaces. It's not an easy thing."


By: Kieran O'Daly

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