Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Murray's Pride after Semi-Final Heartbreak

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Murray's Pride after Semi-Final Heartbreak

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ANDY Murray was proud of his French Open efforts after falling just short against Stan Wawrinka in a brutal semi-final battle.

Murray ended Wawrinka's reign as champion in the semifinals 12 months ago but could not engineer a repeat as the Swiss triumphed 6-7 (6/8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/3) 6-1 after four hours and 34 minutes.

It was a rollercoaster of a match, with Murray second best for most of the first three sets but somehow emerging two sets to one in front.

He then looked in control of the fourth but it was Wawrinka who dominated the tie-break and by the decider Murray had nothing left.

Wawrinka, who has won all his previous three grand slam finals, will face Rafael Nadal tomorrow.

Having arrived in Paris with only four wins since February and unsure even whether he would survive one match, Murray could not be too unhappy with his loss. …

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