French Open 2017: Nadal sets up final against Wawrinka

It was as ugly as it was thrilling.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (right) shakes hands with Andy Murray of Britain after winning their men's singles semi-final at the French Open.

A succession of Wawrinka winners left the world No.1 helpless in the final set as the 32-year-old fittingly brought an end to more than four-and-a-half hours of sensational tennis in the Paris sunshine with a brilliant backhand victor to reach his fourth career Grand Slam final. Wawrinka, one of the most fearless hitters in the game, donated an obscene amount of unforced errors, 77 in all, and still beat the world No. 1.

"Obviously when you're 5-0 down and three breaks behind in the fifth set you're not that optimistic", Murray said. If that doesn't speak to acing a pressure situation, we're not sure what does.

Nadal is 9-0 in French Open finals. Not bad for an old guy, huh?

And if that doesn't impress you, perhaps this will?

Because 2015 French Open champion Wawrinka is a righty, and Nadal's a lefty, when Wawrinka hits his backhand cross-court - his preferred destination - it will wind up heading toward Nadal's forehand.

Murray said he will move on to the grasscourt season in good heart, despite missing out on a 12th grand slam final. You might know him by the name of Roger Federer.

It will be the first all-American final since 1980 at Roland Garros. But, from a seemingly fruitless position, he then engineered one of the sport's most remarkable seasons.

Hello, Nadal. The overwhelming sentiment is that he will roll over Wawrinka come Sunday. Nadal has yet to drop a set through six matches. "It's true that Dominic played with more mistakes than usual, probably", Nadal said after his 127 minutes win.

Mattek-Sands and Safarova won the French Open in 2015.

"It's true that 10 is a attractive number, but actually my favourite is nine", said Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros.

"He's going to do incredible defense, play the right tennis in the right moment", he said. You need to keep trying to focus on what you do, keep trying.

"When you enter in a Grand Slam against him, you have to accept that".

The match played out just as some key statistics suggest. The last American major victor was Andy Roddick - 13 years, nine months and one day ago (not that we're counting) at the 2003 US Open.

Those last two words also aptly describe his nephew's path to this final. Andre Agassi in 1999. He will prepare, as always, in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, where he has won the title five times, and with his health restored, his fitness strong, he will go into Wimbledon feeling much better about life. Get that woman a chair, she's got a final to play on Saturday!

The French Open 2017 Final between Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka can be streamed live on hotstar.

In the men's doubles, S.Gonzalez and D.Young beat F. Verdasco and N. Zimonjic 6-7,7-5,6-3 to set up a final clash with the unseeded pair of R. Harrison and M. Venus, who upset 16th seeds J. Cabal and R. Farah 4-6,6-3,6-4.

Wawrinka will be hoping to win his second French Open title on Sunday. "He s the best player ever on clay".

All in all, considering that there were only two matches, it was a long day of tennis. Imagine if one had to play Rafa on clay. Not that we're complaining, but sheesh, we are hungry.

  • Julie Sanders