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Andy Murray es el primer jugador británico masculino en alcanzar la final de Roland Garros desde 1937.

Murray Ousts Wawrinka To Reach Roland Garros Final

Scot to face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final

World No. 2 Andy Murray has made more British tennis history in Paris.

On another chilly, overcast day in the French capital, the Scot upset reigning champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to become the first British man to reach the Roland Garros final since Bunny Austin in 1937.

"I'm extremely proud. I never expected to reach the final here," said Murray in his on-court interview with Marion Bartoli. "I'd always struggled on the clay and then in the past two years I've had some of my best results. I hope I can put on a good match for the crowd on Sunday.

"I knew today if I wanted to win I was going to have to play one of my best clay-court matches. Stan's record here the past two years has been unbelievable. He was playing better every match here. I played one of my best matches today. I'm looking forward to the final now."

In Sunday’s final, Murray will face Novak Djokovic in a re-match of the Australian Open final in January, which Djokovic won in three sets. It will be the pair’s seventh meeting in a Grand Slam final. Djokovic reached his fourth Roland Garros final with a straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Read More).

It is another milestone moment for the Scot in what has been a record-breaking career for British tennis. He ended his country's 77-year wait for a male Wimbledon champion in 2013, when he defeated Djokovic in the final. One year earlier he became the first British male Grand Slam champion since Fred Perry in 1936 when he hoisted the US Open trophy (d. Djokovic).

To get to the Roland Garros final, the Scot overturned a three-match losing streak against Wawrinka and ended a six-match losing run against Top 4 opposition at Grand Slam championships. Murray had been two points from defeat in the first round, as he rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Radek Stepanek. He also came from behind to beat Mathias Bourgue in the second round.

Murray is now through to his 10th Grand Slam final (2-7 record), equalling Boris Becker in 12th place on the list for the most Grand Slam finals reached in the Open Era. He is also the 10th man in the Open Era to reach the final at all four majors, having fallen three times previously in the Roland Garros semi-finals.

Age to complete the set of Grand Slam final appearances (Open Era)


Completed at…


Jim Courier

1993 Wimbledon

22 years 321 days

Rafael Nadal

2010 US Open

24 years 101 days

Andre Agassi

1995 Australian Open

24 years 275 days

Roger Federer

2006 Roland Garros

24 years 307 days

Novak Djokovic

2012 Roland Garros

25 years 19 days

Stefan Edberg

1991 US Open

25 years 232 days

Ivan Lendl

1986 Wimbledon

26 years 121 days

Andy Murray

2016 Roland Garros

29 years 21 days

Rod Laver*

1969 US Open

31 years 31 days

Ken Rosewall*

1971 Australian Open

36 years 73 days

^ Age as at the end of the tournament
* Also reached all four slam finals in the pre-Open Era

With Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Manchester United French footballing legend Eric Cantona watching on, third seed Wawrinka looked to strike first. But Murray saved a break point in a lengthy second game to get an early foothold in the match. The Scot then broke for a 2-1 lead, winning a cat and mouse exchange with Wawrinka at the net.

Murray continued to press and Wawrinka was forced to fight off two break points in the seventh game to stay in contention in the first set. But the Dunblane native went on to seal the opener in the 10th game, saving three break points to clinch it in 53 minutes.

The second set was all Murray. The Scot broke to love in the third game and a rifled backhand passing shot in the fifth game earned the Scot a 4-1 double break lead. As Wawrinka’s frustration mounted, Murray went on to seal the two-set lead after one hour and 22 minutes.

Wawrinka worked hard to stay positive in the third set and his boisterous attitude paid dividends at the crunch end of the set. The Lausanne native saved a break point in the third game and continued to fire himself up. In the 10th game, he got his reward. The Swiss converted his first set point, with Murray serving at 4-5, Ad, as the Scot netted a backhand, prompting a roar from Wawrinka and a jog back to his chair.

Murray responded with a swift and lethal blow. The Dunblane native broke in the first game of the fourth set and there was to be no response from the defending champion. Wawrinka fended off two break points to avoid going down a double break in the third game, but succumbed as Murray went on the charge again in the seventh game. Murray secured a 5-2 lead as Wawrinka over hit a forehand long and went on to serve out victory to love in two hours and 35 minutes.

Wawrinka rallied from a set down in the Roland Garros final last year, when he thwarted Djokovic's career Grand Slam bid by capturing his second major title on the Parisian dirt. The Swiss' victory at Roland Garros added to his triumph at the 2014 Australian Open.