As the gates of Roland Garros open later on today, four players will battle it out to secure their place in the final of the French major this Sunday.
The defending champion, Stan Wawrinka will face Andy Murray to give himself a shot at a second French major title. While on the Phillipe-Chatrier court Novak Djokovic, the world number one, will take on Dominic Thiem, the thirteenth seed, to give himself a chance at gaining the full set of major titles.
Murray and Wawrinka have faced each other a total of 15 times on the ATP world tour, with the Scotsman having won 8 of these matches. Over the past year Murray has won 81.6% of his matches played. Comparatively, the Swiss player has won slightly less of his, coming in with a success rate of 76.4%. Arguably Wawrinka will have the pressure of defending the title, the stress of which could potentially affect his game. However, he also knows the sense of accomplishment felt when raising the Coupe des Mousquetaires which could equally act as strong motivation to beat Murray later on today.
The second of the two semi-finals is somewhat unexpected. Novak Djokovic, who has a 92.3% success rate over the past year, has only played the Austrian twice in their careers. Unsurprisingly Djokovic has triumphed on both occasions. The world number one has yet to have won the French major, making him ever more thirsty for the victory. Thiem, however, has nothing to lose and it goes without saying that the Austrian will be putting up a fight!
In just a few hours’ time the battle will commence!