Tennis: Djokovic to play Murray in Paris Masters final

Djokovic celebrates his win over Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
Djokovic celebrates his win over Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic will take on second seed Andy Murray in Sunday's Paris Masters final.

In Saturday's semis, Djokovic defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 , while Murray edged past David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3.

Paris is the last of the nine Masters 1000 series for the season with Djokovic having already won five and Murray two.

The win over Wawrinka was sweet revenge for world No. 1 Djokovic who lost the French Open final to the Swiss star on the other side of Paris in June.

That prevented the 28-year-old Serb from completing his career haul of Grand Slam titles.

As he subsequently won the Wimbledon and US Open titles, having already wrapped up the Australian Open, it also stopped him from becoming just the third man, after Don Budge and Rod Laver, to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same year.

A break in the third game was enough for Djokovic to take the first set and, when he broke to lead 2-0 in the second, it looked like a straightforward win against a player who had finished his punishing quarter-final match against Rafael Nadal well after midnight.

But Wawrinka summoned up his last energies to run off five games in a row and the level the set scores.

A love service game for Djokovic to start the third set, however, reversed the momentum and Wawrinka visibly wilted allowing the Serb to power into the final for the third straight year.