Following a fortnight of enjoyable matches, the French Open will culminate with the latest chapter in the riveting rivalry between top seed Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka. The two have played some of the best ATP World Tour matches over the past three years. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 17-3, including a win at the Australian Open semi-final this year.
In a match that required two days to complete due to stormy weather, Novak Djokovic needed five sets to dispatch a valiant Andy Murray and secure his place in the final of the 2015 French Open. After playing sublime tennis during the opening two sets of the match, Djokovic witnessed a momentum shift that saw Murray pounce to snatch the third set with spectacular play before the match was called off for the evening due to stormy weather. Once play resumed the following morning, Murray forced a fifth set against Djokovic but was unable to stop the Serb’s final charge to the final.
“I don’t think I was lucky,” Djokovic said. “I think I was playing some great tennis yesterday. He found his game late in the third. I had many opportunities to finish the match in straight sets, but credit to Andy.
“He showed why he’s one of the biggest competitors and fighters on the tour. A bit different conditions, with sun and then later in the evening it got a bit slower. He was using his variety in the game very well. It was a really tough match, over four hours all together, yesterday and today. No different from any other match that we played against each other. It’s always a thriller, always a marathon.”
After suffering an opening round exit at the French Open last season, Stan Wawrinka found himself in the final of that very same tournament the following year when he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to earn a place in his second Grand Slam final. He won the match 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 6-4.
This is the 21th time that Djokovic and Wawrinka will cross paths on the professional tour, with the Serbian star leading the series with a convincing 17-3 record. However, it was only over the past couple of years that Wawrinka because competitive against Djokovic, and they have since produced some sublime tennis together. However, is Wawrinka going to be able to do what Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray could not do, which is deny Djokovic his career slam title this year.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Four Sets