• Novak Djokovic takes the first and second sets 6-3 vs Andy Murray
  • Murray secures his first break of the match to win the third set 7-5 
  • British No 1 Murray is looking to reach the final at Roland Garros
  • World No 1 and 2014 and 2012 finalist Djokovic stands in his way
  • Djokovic leads the head-to-head 18-8 and has won last seven outings  
  • Murray bidding to reach first French final and to win third Grand Slam
  • CLICK HERE to follow Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Stan Wawrinka 

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Play has been stopped due to an expected storm arriving.

Djokovic takes 0-30 lead on the Murray serve which is soon extended to 15-40 as he earns two break points. However, the Brit battles back to save them both. After a second deuce he holds serve. Great grit from Murray.

According to the tournament officials, rain is expected within the next 10 minutes on court.

Almost three hours of tennis has been played between the pair but they’re still producing breathtaking moments of tennis. A 26-shot rally sees Murray come out the victor to bring it to deuce before Djokovic finally holds.

Murray is apoplectic with himself at the change of ends.

Djokovic punches the air after winning a point against Murray

Murray’s Achilles heel today has been the overhead smash and he squanders another one to give Djokovic two break points at 15-40 when it seemed that the scoreline would be 30-30.

The 28-year-old saves the first break point but fails to do so with the second. We’re back on serve.

Murray is in the zone right now as he breaks Djokovic to love in the third game of the fourth set. The crowd are pumped in their support for the Brit the moment – can he sustain this brilliance?

Murray clenches his fist after breaking the Djokovic serve

Djokovic’s time break has worked in his favour it seems as he races into a 0-40 lead on the Murray serve. The Brit saves the first, then the second in a mammoth rally and the third as the world No 1 hits a tired forehand into the net. He wins the next two points to hold serve.

What a hold. Magnificent stuff from Murray.

Djokovic has taken his time following the toilet break. Murray is back on the court but there is still no sign of the Serb. He finally re-emerges and appears to have changed his clothes. The world No 1’s arrival is greeted by boos.

Has he halted Murray’s momentum?

Djokovic returns to the court after taking a break following the third set

And he has! Murray holds serve to love to take the third set. The crowd roar as their support is firmly with the 28-year-old.

Djokovic has taken a toilet break as he tries to recompose himself as Murray does likewise.

Murray (front) roars to the crowd after winning the third set against Djokovic

At last Murray has broken the Djokovic serve in the set. The crowd are firmly behind him now. Can he seize this momentum?

Two mesmeric points from Murray see him take a 15-30 lead that has the Philippe Chatrier court on their feet as they back the Brit wildly. An unforced error from Djokovic sees Murray have two break points.

He takes the first, to the delight of the crowd. Murray is now serving for the third set.

Pressure? What pressure? Murray holds serve to love with two aces at the end of the game to tie the third set at 5-5. 

A quick and important hold.

Djokovic has increased his level performance once more as a delicate drop shot sees him win the ninth game with ease.

Murray now serving to stay in the match.

Djokovic is just one game away from winning the third set and the match

Murray is being made to work for every point by Djokovic here. The world No 1 is returning anything that the Brit is firing at him with. Another apparent easy overhead smash for Murray is returned by Djokovic before the former eventually wins the point.

After the game goes to deuce, Murray holds his nerve and serve to level the third set.

A slight momentum shift appears to be on the cards as Murray takes a 0-15 lead and then has a half a chance at 30-30. However, Djokovic steps up his level again to hold serve.

He seems in the zone at the moment.

Anything Murray does seem to be of no problem to Djokovic. The Brit hits a ferocious serve out wide that the Serb returns to force Murray into making an unforced error to serve two break points. The world No 3 rescues both as he cries ‘COME ON!’. Murray shows grit and determination to hold serve.

Murray’s wife Kim Sears (top) watches on as the world No 3 battles in the third set

Exquisite, stunning stuff from Djokovic. He really is on another planet at the moment with his level of tennis. The world No 1 is dispatching Murray with relative ease at present – and the Brit hasn’t played badly at all.

The world No 3 needs to do something special here you feel to hold serve and then break his opponent.

Murray wipes his face as he tries to recompose himself against Djokovic

The pattern of the third set is following the first two as the pair continue to hold serve early on. This time it’s Murray’s turn.

2-2 in the third set.

The sun has been replaced by cloud cover on court as the weather starts to take a mild turn for the worst. As the wind starts to come into play more, Murray holds his nerve to win the second game to love.

If Murray has any hopes of reaching his first French Open final he’s going to have to do it the hard way now from 2-0 sets behind. Can he stage an unlikely comeback?

That sub-plot has been screwed up and thrown in the bin. Why? Because Djokovic has broken Murray again to take the second set.

A blistering cross-court forehand from the Serb proves too much for Murray to give him two set points. The British No 1 wins the next point but then misses and overhead smash to gift the second set to Djokovic.

Murray is furious with himself as he mutters away during the change of ends.

Murray berates himself after missing a shot during the second set against Djokovic

Murray holds serve to reduce the score to 4-3, just. The 28-year-old clinches the game after the third deuce of the match.

The atmosphere is flat inside Court Philippe Chatrier though – with the crowd neither cheering for one player in particular.

Djokovic stretches out his left hip flexor inbetween the points in this game. A potential sub-plot? Perhaps…

Djokovic stretches out his hip flexor during the second set at Roland Garros

The heat is on Murray as Djokovic holds serve. At 40-0 he looks on course to take the game easily but the Brit rallies back to 40-30 but a backhand shot into the net seals the game for Djokovic.

Spectators wear hats to protect themselves from the heat as they watch the semi-final

The first point sees fortune on Murray’s side as he goes 15-0 ahead but replays show Djokovic’s shot had clipped the line. Like the eighth game in the first set, Murray misses a seemingly easy shot to gift the world No 1 two break points. Murray saves the first but can’t the second as Djokovic breaks serve once more.

Things are looking slightly ominous for the man from Dunblane.

Djokovic takes a 30-0 lead on serve but a volley winner and a double fault see Murray level at 30-30. The world No 1 goes on the aggressive and punishes Murray in the next point before closing out the game with a wide serve that forces the Brit into an unforced error.

With this game, we’ve past the hour mark.

Sound start to the second set from Murray who seems to have been able to put that shocking eighth game behind him. Djokovic being very sporting and clapping him in that game. All good but suggests he is worryingly comfortable with himself. Atmosphere still a bit flat after that Tsonga disappointment.

At 15-0 Murray hits a devastating drop shot that leaves his opponent admiring in awe as he claps his effort. It goes from delight to disappointment though for Murray as he hits a double fault to give Djokovic a chance at 30-30. However an ace followed by an unforced error gives Murray the game and a 2-1 lead in the second set.

Murray holds his serve to take a 2-1 lead in the second set at Roland Garros

Murray’s response after losing the first set? To win the opening game of the second as two successive volleys from the Brit, prove Djokovic’s downfall.

Murray managed to clear his head after losing the third set to David Ferrer in their quarter-final encounter on Wednesday – to win the next one. Can he do the same this afternoon?

Clinical, clinical tennis from Djokovic as he takes the first set with a near-perfect game to close it out.

The world No 1 has drawn first blood, but there is still a long way to go. What will Murray’s response be?

Djokovic takes the first set of an intriguing French Open semi-final against Murray

Peculiar scenes on court, in between the change of ends as Djokovic’s request for the ice towel is rejected by the umpire who tells him to not take so long inbetween points.

Djokovic cross with himself for missing that break opportunity. How he recovers his court position is rallies is a wonder. Both these players are going to suffer physically you suspect.

This is clay court tennis in it’s purest form. Djokovic earns the first break point of the match after coming out the victor in a 22-stroke rally. He seems set to win the next point too, but Murray’s defiance sees the Serb produce an unforced error. The British No 1 sees out the game with some big serves to level the scoreline.

Over half an hour has been played here.

Some of the tennis being played already is breathtaking in Paris. Murray on the defensive suddenly goes on the attack with a stunning forehand drop shot. From a ridiculous angle, Djokovic hits a winner of his own cross-court as he chases the ball down. A magnificent rally.

With the next point, Murray’s shot hits the net cord and bounces out to give Djokovic a 3-2 lead. We’re still on serve at the moment.

Djokovic hits a backhand shot during his semi-final encounter against Murray

Anything you can I do likewise it seems, as Murray hold serves with relative ease himself to tie the first set at 2-2.

Murray seems a bit disturbed though by the Roland Garros, scrolling camera that is positioned above his current end of the court as he serves.

Both players are being tested on server here. Murray hits an ace down the tee to go 40-30 ahead before his opponent hits a stunning backhand drop shot to take it deuce. Like the first game though, Murray regroups to hold serve. 

13 minutes have gone and we’re only at 1-1 in the first set.

Andy Murray battles to hold serve in the opening stages of his semi-final vs Novak Djokovic

A good early start from Murray sees him take a 0-30 lead on the Djokovic serve. However, the Serb bounces back with some impressive groundstrokes of his own to go 40-30 ahead before a ferocious forehand winner from Murray sees him take it to deuce. The top seed regroups though to claim the opening game.

I think we’re set for an enthralling and long match here, hopefully.

Both players are out on court and have finished their warm-ups. Here we go…

Predictably the stadium is mostly empty as the punters take a break after that marathon first semi-final, but the officials evidently wanted to get this match underway promptly. There are no signs of the threatened thunderstorms as yet but even with fair weather it’s conceivable this match would not finish tonight. Under clear skies you can play here until around 9.30pm so I would expect it to finish but these two have had protracted struggles before. Prediction? You can’t really go against Djokovic but I expect Murray to run him fairly close, and he could win.

A Swiss has reached another Grand Slam final as Stanislas Wawrinka has just beaten home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets – 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

CLICK HERE to read the full match report.

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets

Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of the French Open semi-final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

It’s already been decided who lies await for the eventual winner of this match in the final on Sunday after Stan Wawrinka defeated local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in today’s earlier semi-final.

Murray faces a challenge to reverse a run of seven straight defeats to the world No 1 – whom he has not beaten since overcoming him in the final to win his fabled Wimbledon title in 2013.

Both players remain unbeaten this season on clay, although the Serb has looked in more ominous form – having inflicted only a second ever defeat of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

Murray missed a match point to complete a straight sets victory over clay court specialist David Ferrer in the quarter-finals and time will tell if he pays the price for expending needless energy in playing an extra set.

The British No 1 is looking to complete a third leg of his personal grand slam, having already won titles at the US Open and Wimbledon, on what is considered his least favoured service.



Andy Murray will need to end a seven-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic if he is to beat the world No 1 and reach his first French Open final. 

The British No 1 has been in fine form this year, however. He is undefeated on clay in 2015 having lifted both the Madrid Open and Munich Open titles, while he has also not lost since getting married.

And with a final against the unfancied Stanislas Wawrinka at stake, Murray will be desperate to keep up his excellent recent form and reach Sunday’s final.

Join Luke Augustus as Sportsmail brings you all the action from Court Philippe Chatrier…

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