Wawrinka beats Murray in five set epic to reach French Open final in Paris

Stan Wawrinka won in a five set thriller in Paris Credit: PA

Stan Wawrinka exacted brutal revenge on Andy Murray to reach his second French Open final.

Murray ended Wawrinka's reign as champion in the semi-finals 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.

It will of course be a disappointment for the world number one not to make a 12th grand slam final but he leaves Roland Garros in much better shape than when he arrived.

Wawrinka, who has won all his previous three grand slams finals, will face either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

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