Murray and Djokovic were in action on semi-finals Saturday
Andy Murray Beats David Ferrer 6-4 6-3
Britain’s Andy Murray saw off the challenge off the challenge of Spain’s David Ferrer to progress through to his first ever final at the ATP Paris Masters. Murray got off to the best possible start in the match as he broke Ferrer without losing a point but it didn’t take his Spanish opponent long to get back into the contest. Ferrer got the break back midway through the first set as a few mistakes started to creep into the Scot’s game.
It was a very up and down contest and Ferrer probably should have broken Murray again in the opening set but the Scot rose to the challenge and saved all four break points against him. That was as good as it got for Ferrer in the first set as mistakes weren’t helping his cause and he dumped a forehand into the net to concede the first set 6-4. Murray will have gained a lot of confidence from that opener as he was playing the big points better than his opponent.
Ferrer isn’t one for giving up as he was able to amass a 3-1 lead in the second set but Murray came back at him by hitting some fantastic angles on the court to get back into the set. It was from there that the Scot would go on to win 5 games on the bounce and the win was sealed for Murray when Ferrer’s attempt at a drop shot didn’t come off. Murray will now play his nemesis Novak Djokovic as he attempts to win his 12th Masters 1000 title, the last time the two met it was Djokovic who cruised to victory in Shanghai so Murray will be hoping for a much better showing this time around.
Novak Djokovic Beats Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 3-6 6-0
Novak Djokovic won through against Stanislas Wawrinka in a match that saw them play in Paris for the second time this year. Wawrinka was the victor in the first match and with it he secured his maiden French Open title. Djokovic was the much fresher of the two in this instance as Wawrinka had to get through a gruelling match against Rafael Nadal in the previous round and looked a little lethargic in the opening set.
Djokovic secured the early break in the opener and he didn’t have to face a break point against him as he eased through the first set to take it 6-3. The second set looked as though it was mirroring the first as again the Serbian broke Wawrinka to lead 3-1 with Wawrinka looking weary to say the least. The Swiss star managed to get back into the match as he went on to secure back to back breaks, he was digging deep into his reserves and managed to force a decider whilst saving a number of break back points along the way. There was nothing Wawrinka could do in the final set though as he ran out of gas and Djokovic romped through the final set without losing a game.
The result means Djokovic and Murray will renew their rivalry again with a blockbuster showdown in store with both players currently playing their best tennis in Paris. Djokovic has beaten Murray on five of his last six occasions but will be prepared for a stern test with Murray playing high quality attacking tennis. Djokovic has now reached his 14th title decider match in a row which is a record in the open era, he will need to be weary though if Murray adopts an ultra-aggressive playing style like in Montreal this year. The Scot got the better of his Serbian opponent on that occasion and will be hoping for a similar story in Paris.