rg17wawrinka_murray

rg17wawrinka_murray

Points won by each set: [ 43-46, 35-25, 35-41, 39-35, 27-17 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
18 % Wawrinka – 31 of 166
15 % Murray – 26 of 173

In terms of history that match had additional meaning in the rivalry of two 30-year-old players (Wawrinka 32 actually) – the winner of it, perhaps could have the last opportunity to win one more slam than the other. It was a great 4-hour 34-minute semifinal, one of the best the French crowd has ever witnessed at the final stage of the tournament, a unique example when one player outsmarts the other for almost 4 hours to be outsmarted in the end. Murray came back from 3:5* (30-all) in the opener (saving a set point on return in the tie-break which he won 8/6) and *0:3, 2:4 & 4:5 in the 3rd (three points away from losing). It looked like an inevitable tight four-setter for him, but Wawrinka conserved more energy and delivered his best tennis at the end of the 4th set capturing the breaker 7/3 (there was 4:3 for him, so the Scot [1] was four points away from advancing to the final). Murray – known as a 5-set specialist – ultimately misjudged his physical durability (had played three hours more than Wawa entering the match) and was brutally outplayed in the decider losing his serve as many as four times… I’d say there where two two vital moments in the match – the first occurred at 3:2* (15/0) for Murray in the 2nd set when he should have won a point he lost, it cost him dropping seven consecutive games; the second at 3-all (30-all) in the 4th set – Murray decently attacked the net, but instead of creating a break point, saw as the Swiss [4] passed him with a curve forehand passing-shot on the run – that shot was a bit above Wawrinka’s standard level.

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