Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will play for a spot in the French Open finals tomorrow, the fourth meeting between the Serb and the Scot in 2015.
Both players took care of business in their respective matches on Wednesday.
Djokovic put together an absolutely dominant performance against the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, for a straight-set victory, just the second time Nadal has ever lost on the Roland Garros clay.
Murray ousted David Ferrer 7-6(4), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the final four, improving his record to 15-0 on clay this season.
It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the world number one Djokovic and the world number three Murray, with Djokovic coming out on top in all three. In fact, Djokovic accounts for three of Murray’s five total losses this season.
While there is no question that Djokovic is the best player in the world, and by a decent margin, Murray might be playing the best tennis of his career right now.
As we enter the fourth installment of the Djokovic-Murray series in 2015, Murray could make a huge statement by upending Djokovic.
“I feel like to put yourself in position to win against the best players in the world, it’s not just about one day before the match,” said Murray of playing Djokovic. “It’s about what you do in the whole of the buildup to it. And going into the match having not lost on clay this year and having some big wins on the surface is important for me.”
Murray’s unwavering confidence will meet the steady and consistently dominant Djokovic. Something has to give on Friday morning, and while many tabbed Djokovic-Nadal as the best matchup of the tournament, Djokovic-Murray will be an epic showdown of the two best players on the tour.
Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.