Murray vs. Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Friday June 3, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray square off early in the semifinal of the 2016 French Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 78 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka has lost just one set in his last four matches and is winning no less than 71 percent of his first serve points. Wawrinka has racked up 116 winners and 93 unforced errors in his last two matches. While you’d like to see the errors drop a bit, Wawrinka is clearly still hitting his spots and is very dangerous when he’s combining his winners with an effective service game. Wawrinka hopes to make his third career grand slam final and first since last years French Open.
Andy Murray is coming off a four set victory over Richard Gasquet that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Murray won 74 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Murray has lost just one set in his last three matches and is winning no less than 68 percent of his first serve points. Murray has racked up 94 winners and 63 unforced errors in his last two matches. Murray has really settled in since his two five setters to start the tournament, and he’s been rather consistent with his service game as well. Murray hopes to make his third grand slam final since last season. Murray has never made the final of the French Open.
These two have met 15 times in the past and Murray leads the series, 8-7. The most recent match was in the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals, a match Wawrinka won in straight sets. Wawrinka has beaten Murray three straight times, as Murray's last win came in the 2012 Tokyo Outdoor. This will be the fourth time these two meet on clay.
The head to head clearly favors Wawrinka with him winning the last four matches. However, I like Murray in this spot. Murray is playing slightly cleaner tennis this tournament and overall this season if we’re being 100 percent honest. Murray has shown signs of being in peak form and has been very tough to beat this year overall.
I like Murray to advance to his first career French Open final.