Tomorrow is Men’s semi-finals day at the French Open and we can expect fireworks on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Andy Murray vs Stan Wawrinka
First up will be the No. 1 seed, Andy Murray from Britain versus the No. 3 seed, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Murray has reached two finals this year, only winning one. His best clay court performance was a semi-final spot at the Barcelona Open. After his disappointing fourth round exit at this year’s Australian Open, he will be hoping to improve on his best French Open result as finalist last year.
As with Murray, Wawrinka has also played in two finals this year, with one win, on clay in Geneva. Wawrinka is one up on Murray, having won the French Open in 2015.
The two have played 17 times already, with Murray having won 10 of the matches. Wawrinka however leads the clay court tally 3-1.
Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem
The second match will be between the undisputed “King of Clay” and 4th seed, Rafael Nadal of Spain and the up and coming Austrian player, Dominic Thiem, who is seeded 6th.
There is lots of pressure on Nadal, who would dearly love to win his 10th French Open title. With Murray and Djokovic both experiencing a drop in form, and Roger Federer skipping the clay court season, Nadal has continued his domination on this, his favourite surface. He has played in seven finals this year, winning three of them on clay.
Thiem, despite being the youngest of the four semi-finalists, is making quite the name for himself on the ATP Tour this year. He has competed in three finals, having won one, and also defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
The two have played six times before, only on clay, with Nadal leading 4-2. Nadal defeated Thiem in two finals this year, but Thiem got his revenge at the Italian Open, which will give him a lot of confidence going into the match.