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PARIS – 2:50 p.m.
Andy Murray leaves the French Open in optimistic mood — and with the firm belief that a third Grand Slam title is not too far away.
The third-seeded Briton pushed top-ranked Novak Djokovic to a fifth set in their French Open semifinal, before Djokovic stepped up a gear to take the decider 6-1.
Speaking after the match, Murray said his game is "close back to where it needs to be in terms of winning Slams."
Looking ahead to Wimbledon, which starts later this month, Murray said "hopefully I can give myself a good opportunity there."
Murray won the U.S. Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013.
After waiting overnight to complete his French Open semifinal triumph against Andy Murray, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was in a hurry to complete his media duties.
Just moments after completing a 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 win, Djokovic raced to attend a post-match news conference.
That gave him plenty of time — should he wish — to watch the women's final on center court. Top-ranked Serena Williams and Lucie Safarova, a Czech player seeded 13.
They are next up on center court, with their match scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Novak Djokovic has reached the French Open final after beating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1.
The top-ranked Serb struggled at the end of the fourth set, making some sloppy mistakes, but broke Murray twice in the decider to take complete control before sealing victory with an ace.
Djokovic, who has won eight Grand Slam titles, will try to win the French Open for the first time when he plays Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.
Wawrinka has won one major, at the Australian Open last year, and is playing in his second Grand Slam final.
Andy Murray has won the fourth set 7-5 against Novak Djokovic in their French Open semifinal.
Murray broke Djokovic in the 11th game and then clinched the set when Djokovic, who is making a series of unforced errors, sent a backhand long.
Both players are seeking to win the French Open for the first time, and the winner of this match plays Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday.
Djokovic has won eight Grand Slam titles and Murray has won two.
The French Open semifinal between top-ranked Novak Djokovic and third-seeded Andy Murray has resumed in bright sunshine with the score level at 3-3 in the fourth set and Djokovic leading 2-1 in sets.
The match was interrupted late on Friday evening just minutes before heavy rain started to fall in western Paris.
Djokovic won the first two sets 6-3 before Murray clinched the last two games of the third set.
Djokovic, an eight-time Grand Slam champion, has won every major except the French Open. Murray has won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Tommy Paul has won the first all-American boys' final at the French Open with a 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 defeat of second-seeded Taylor Fritz.
The 18-year-old Paul, from Lumberton, New Jersey, is the sixth American boy to win the junior title in Paris. Among them was John McEnroe in 1977.
Paula Badosa Gibert has clinched the first title up for grabs on a busy Saturday at the French Open.
The 12th-seeded Spaniard defeated No. 16 Anna Kalinskaya of Russia 6-3, 6-3 to win the girls' title.
The boys' final features two American players, second-seeded Taylor Fritz and No. 13 Tommy Paul, before top-ranked Serena Williams takes on Lucie Safarova in the women's championship match.
The fourth final of the day will then pit Bob and Mike Bryan against Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo as the twin brothers seek a third title in Paris. Also, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are set to finish their semifinal, which was suspended by rain on Friday evening with Djokovic leading 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 3-3.
Busy day, indeed.