Wawrinka expects Djokovic to win French Open


Stan Wawrinka doffed his cap to Andy Murray after losing to the second seed in the semi-finals of the French Open but the defending champion expects Novak Djokovic to complete a career Grand Slam on Sunday.

Wawrinka's hopes of retaining his title came to an end when Murray turned on the style to win 6-4 6-2 4-6 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier and reach his first final at Roland Garros.

World number one Djokovic coasted to a 6-2 6-1 6-4 semi-final victory over Dominic Thiem to move just one victory away from claiming an elusive maiden title on the famous clay in Paris.

Third seed Wawrinka was full of praise for Murray after their last-four encounter, but expects the man he beat in last year's final to come out on top in what promises to be an enthralling showdown.

The Swiss said: "I think that Andy played really so well today. He was the strongest on the court, it's as simple as that. He knew what to do against me.

"If I start hesitating with my game and what I intend to do, this is something that you can see more easily compared to other players; therefore, I started hesitating and didn't exactly know which choices to make.

"He was so solid in what he was doing and he knew how to be very aggressive from the very first shots to put pressure on me when I thought I had opportunities to seize, and voila. He was stronger as I was today. It's as simple as that."

Asked who he was backing to take his title, Wawrinka said: "I think Novak, as always, even though his recent matches he's played were very tight. But when he's at his best he can beat anybody. I think he will win the match. But that's only my view, my opinion.

"He [Murray] defeated him in Rome and it was really a tight score in Madrid. He's finding solutions now against Novak, but I have the impression that Novak is where Novak wants to be and he will be playing his final."