Storm halts Djokovic-Murray clash until Saturday

PARIS: The French Open semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray was suspended until Saturday after a severe storm led to play being abandoned at Roland Garros on Friday.


World number one Djokovic was leading 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 3-3 when play was halted at 1833GMT with the match officially called off 10 minutes later

The winner will face Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final.

When play was halted, Djokovic and Murray, meeting for the 27th time, had been playing for 3 hours and eight minutes in a rollercoaster of a match.

Top seeded Djokovic, who knocked out nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, needs a French Open title to make him only the eighth man to win all four majors.

It would also put him halfway to a rare calendar Grand Slam, a feat achieved by just two men, most recently by Australian great Rod Laver back in 1969.

Murray is hoping to become Britain’s first men’s finalist since Bunny Austin in 1937.