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Djokovic, Murray set up title clash

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, June 4 (AFP) Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will meet in a Grand Slam title clash for a seventh time on Sunday after comprehensive semifinal triumphs swept the world�s top two players into the French Open final.

Djokovic reached his fourth final in Paris with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 demolition of Austria�s Dominic Thiem to move one match closer to a career Grand Slam.

The world number one will now tackle second seed Murray who knocked out defending champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

As well as the title, there will be a hefty chunk of history at stake on Sunday.

Djokovic, playing in a 20th final at the majors, is seeking a first Roland Garros crown to become just the eighth man to complete the career Slam.

Murray, also 29, can become the first British winner of the men�s title since Fred Perry in 1935.

Sunday will be Djokovic�s sixth successive Grand Slam championship match as he looks to add to his collection of 11 majors.

He already holds the Wimbledon, US and Australian Open trophies.

�The atmosphere was fantastic. It�s the first time I have played a semifinal on the Suzanne Lenglen court,� said the top seed.

�I played the best tennis of the tournament so far. I am now in the situation where I always dream of being each season, in the final of Roland Garros.�

Djokovic sprinted out to a 3-0 lead in the opener on the back of a break in the second game against 13th-seeded Thiem.

A double fault by the young Austrian opened the door for Djokovic to take the first set in the eighth game.

Djokovic was just as untouchable in the second set despite playing for a fourth successive day.

Breaks for the Serb came in the fourth and sixth games and the set was wrapped up in just 25 minutes.

Thiem, playing in his first Grand Slam semifinal, had taken just nine points off the Djokovic serve at that stage.

However, the form which had taken Thiem to a season-leading 25 match wins on clay this season, suddenly appeared as he broke and held for a 3-0 lead in the third set.

It had taken him 77 minutes to achieve his first break of the contest, much to the delight of a crowd getting value for money for their $22 ticket investment. � AFP

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