There will be a new French Open title winner on Sunday as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will meet Andy Murray for the Roland Garros crown.
Djokovic on Friday stopped the run of young clay breakout star Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to his fourth Roland Garros final.
“Now I put myself in a position I wanted to be in ever since last year’s final,” Djokovic said. “[Roland Garros is] always high on the priority list when I start a season… and to be able to reach the finals is really special. I give myself another opportunity to win the trophy.”
A win would have the Serb holding all four Slam titles simultaneously for the first time since Rod Laver in 1969.
The world No. 2 Murray beat defending champ Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to gain his first Roland Garros final.
“It’s another Grand Slam title up for grabs for both Andy and myself,” Djokovic said. “One thing I know I can expect when I get on the court with him is it’s going to be a very physical battle.”
A Djokovic win would put him in the company of Laver, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson, Don Budge and Fred Perry as men to win all four Slams during thier careers.
Murray has other ideas.
“I’m extremely proud,” the Scot said. “I never expected to reach the final here. I’d always struggled on the clay and then in the past two years I’ve had some of my best results. I hope I can put on a good match for the crowd on Sunday…I’m looking forward to the final now.”
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