Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka to meet in French Open men's final

While Wawrinka needed the best part of five hours to defeat world number one Andy Murray, Nadal brushed aside Dominic Thiem, the conqueror of Novak Djokovic in straight sets.

Murray slipped 0-5 and triple break down in the final set, a harsh indicator of the sudden shift in the balance of power.

"There are two ways of seeing things and I chose to be positive, knowing that I was dominating", said Wawrinka, who has won the three grand slam finals he has played. It was a triumph of offence over defence, as Wawrinka used his sublime one-handed backhand and hammer of a forehand to send Murray scrambling and sliding all over the red clay at Court Philippe Chatrier for a tad more than 4 1/2 hours of compelling action.

Britain's Andy Murray plays a shot against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. I did well considering.

"I was a tiebreak from getting to the final in a tournament which I came into struggling".

"I lost my way a little bit", Murray said. It was a very high intensity match.

A long forehand from the Scot gave the Swiss three set points at 6-3 but he only needed one as he spanked another forehand service return victor down the line. "You know what his game is, you know how well he can play, and you need to accept it". [But] I only have myself to blame for that, for the way I played coming into the tournament. "I'm just going to try my best", Wawrinka said after his win.

Kei Nishikori's French Open ended with an appropriately erratic performance against top-ranked Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

Halep, who was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014, will next face second-seeded Karolina Pliskova.

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"It's true that Dominic played with more mistakes than usual, it was windy out there". Wawrinka hounded Murray with huge strikes to break one last time for the match, 6-1-and how appropriate that it should be with a signature backhand victor down the line.

After playing most of his career in his Swiss countryman Federer's considerable shadow, Wawrinka - at 32, the oldest men's finalist in Paris since 1973 - has blossomed lately.

This was mostly to do with Murray's incredible defensive skills and relentless fighting spirit.

Murray won the first set 7-6 (6) and Wawrinka won the second 6-3.

In the next game, the Austrian lost his serve, putting the nine-time champion up a set and a break in a crucial set.

Just the two games later, Nadal found himself serving for the opener up 5-3.

An outrageous volley and three more points later, and somehow Murray had won the third set.

Murray clawed his way back with successive breaks as the contest tightened, winning six of the last eight next games to steal the set. However, he failed to serve out the set allowing Murray to level the score and take the set into a tie-break which was a tense affair as both players traded points on serves to reach 6-6. "He was a little more hesitant, and that gave me a bit more time to actually install my game". I didn't have enough weight on my shot.

"You expect him to hit a lot of balls, for sure".


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