Andy Murray put on a French masterclass to silence his few remaining doubters forever


There was a time when hating on Andy Murray was a thing.

Yeah, not any more. The Scot has confirmed himself as a bona fide superstar of world tennis in the past couple of years as he has gone about winning Wimbledon, the US Open, the Davis Cup and Olympic gold medals.

If there was any criticism that the doubters could still squabble over it was his performances on clay. On Friday, Murray took a giant leap towards removing that lingering piece of doubt as he swept aside defending champ Stan Wawrinka in four sets to reach his first-ever French Open final.

It was arguably one of the finest performances of his career.

The ease with which Murray cast aside Wawrinka was striking and certain confirmation that he has matured into a player whose game can prosper on all surfaces against the very best.

His brother's reaction on Twitter was telling.

And so too was the emotion in Murray's voice in his post-match interview.

And Twitter could not be prouder in their man.

The haters were silent and the praise for the 29-year-old - who will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final - filled Twitter as his name raced straight to the top of the trending items in the United Kingdom.

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was quick to offer her congratulations.

She was hardly alone, though.

A win on Sunday would arguably rank alongside Murray's 2013 Wimbledon success as one of the most significant of his career.

Already he has ensured he is in rare company by reaching the final of all four slams.

But success on Sunday would be the conquering of a surface in which he was never supposed to stand any chance on.

And all after he almost went out in the first round!

Djokovic will, as ever, be a giant-sized hurdle for Murray to overcome if he is to win his third Grand Slam title as their rivalry settles on a new stage.

They have met in the final in every other Grand Slam with Djokovic winning all four finals in Australia.

Murray has, however, won both finals they've played away from Melbourne...