Not since Bunny Austin has a player from this country participated in the clay-court showpiece at Roland Garros and inevitably his opponent will once against be Novak Djokovic.
The world no. 1 beat Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to set up a repeat of the Rome final three weeks ago when Murray finally broke his hoodoo against his long-term rival.
Victory over Wawrinka means Murray now has a full set of grand slam final appearances but the Scot will be firmly focused on matching Fred Perry’s achievement of 1935 by lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires.
“I am extremely proud,” he said. “I never expected to get to the final here but on clay in the last couple of years I have had some of my best matches and I just hope I can put on a good match for the crowd on Sunday.
“I knew today if I was going to win I would have to play one of my best clay court matches – Stan has being playing better and better here over the last two years – and I did. Now I am looking forward to the final.”
Wawrinka had opened the match in ominous fashion with a faultless service game but Murray was just as sharp and earned two break points in only the third game. His first return was long but a backhand overhead at his opponent’s feet was enough to earn Murray an early breakthrough.
Throughout the first set, Wawrinka was flirting with very narrow margins. Having inexplicably fired long with a simple overhead at the net, he redeemed himself with a drop shot that landed on the tape , travelled along it and then toppled over.
The Swiss was stronger but Murray was more accurate; those fine differences meant a nervy attempt by the Scot to serve out the set.
He was given a time violation warning as he prepared to defend a break point. His Wawrinka’s long return was met with an animated, “Let’s go!”
No matter. A fierce forehand meant another break point – again saved. An even fiercer backhand was too strong for Murray’s volley – another unreturned serve kept Murray’s nose in front again.
Then when one of those monstrous Wawrinka groundstrokes missed, another unreturnable serve had Murray bouncing around the clay like Zebedee.
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