Andy Murray beaten by Stan Wawrinka in French Open semi-finals

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French Open men’s final
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Date: Sunday, 11 June Time: 14:00 BST
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Andy Murray’s French Open hopes ended with a five-set defeat by Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals.

The world number one was beaten 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 in four hours and 34 minutes.

It was a repeat of last year’s semi-final, which the Briton won before going on to lose the final to Novak Djokovic.

Former champion Wawrinka faces Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.

At 32 years and 75 days, Wawrinka is the oldest finalist at Roland Garros since Nikola Pilic in 1973.

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French Open 2017: Is Rafael Nadal back to his very best?

Rafael Nadal

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
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Rafael Nadal has rediscovered his game and his aura, and now he looks ready to take his title back.

The Spaniard, who plays Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals on Friday, is just two wins from a record 10th French Open – ‘La Decima’ – and his first since 2014.

“It’s starting to be the way it was,” Carlos Moya, who joined Nadal’s coaching team in December, told BBC Sport.

“That was one of the things that we wanted back, that the opponent feels he’s playing Nadal again and if they want to beat him, they’re going to have to work really hard.”

They might have to work hard but thus far Nadal’s opponents haven’t had to spend much time on court.

The Spaniard, 31, has been getting them out of there in close to 90 minutes per match, reaching the semi-finals for the loss of just 22 games in five matches – the fewest games lost to this stage of a Grand Slam since best-of-five matches were introduced.

Twelve months ago, Nadal was forced out of the tournament through injury, and two years ago he was brushed aside by Novak Djokovic. In 2017, he has looked unstoppable.

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his first French Open in 2005

Forehand fires Nadal back to the top

There is no question Nadal has rediscovered his mojo on the clay, but opinion is divided over whether he is back to his very best.

His new coach believes he’s not far away.

“I think he’s really close to 100%,” said Moya. “He’s played some matches this year when his level was really good.

“It’s hard to compare with the old Rafa, but I think if he’s not at the same level, he’s close to that.”

Nadal might be the king of clay but his game looks increasingly like hard-court tennis on the red dirt.

Successful in a stunning 76% of points behind second serves, and 69% of first serves, Nadal is then winning 62% of his points in under four shots, as opposed to just 15% in rallies of more than nine strokes.

And it is his most famous shot that once again dominates Roland Garros.

“The wheelhouse of the Nadal renaissance has been his forehand,” says Craig O’Shannessy, strategy expert for Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the ATP World Tour.