I had the feeling it would go this way, but still I really had hoped for more “tennistainment” in the two semi-finals of the French Open. But both Djokovic and Murray showed why they are the players to beat during this clay court season and after two clinical performances it was all set for the final I predicted all along: Murray vs Djokovic.
Murray probably was the most impressive player, being able to throw everything back at Stan the Man Wawrinka with interest and Stan had not much to say about it in the press conference than “What do you do when your opponent plays like this?” He got one set at least: 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2
Thiem, who is now in the top ten for the first time in his young career, must have felt the same against Djokovic. His legs did look tired, but Djokovic had also saved his best tennis of the tournament for this potentially dangerous encounter. Thiem didn’t really have a chance to get into the match and lost in straight sets despite being up 3-0 in the third set. End result: 6-2 6-1 6-4.
So what about the final? Well, no matter how well Murray has played, this is Djokovic’s title now. He knows how to beat Murray with their head-to-head score being 23-10. He also wants this way more than Murray. The only chance I see Murray has is to make it as tight as possible and get inside Djokovic’s head. Or, more specifically, make sure that the trophy absence on his impressive shelf of prizes gets into his head. Then he has a chance. But I think it’s 80-20 in Djokovic’s favour. Bookies say 1.30 Djokovic and 3.50 to Murray.
Looking at my French Open predictions in total, I’ve so far managed to get 95 out of 126 matches right so far which is a percentage of 75,3 correct predictions. No matter what happens in the final, this is something I’m very happy with.