French Open 2015: Djokovic finishes off Murray to make final

    Novak Djokovic finished off Andy Murray in their interrupted semifinal at the French Open but needed a fifth set to do so.

    Paris (CNN)If Novak Djokovic is to win the French Open and complete his grand slam collection, he'll have to do it in unusual circumstances.

    The world No. 1 extended his winning streak to 28 matches by finishing off Andy Murray 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1 in their interrupted semifinal but unlike his opponent in Sunday's final Stan Wawrinka, the Serb won't benefit from a day off between the two encounters.
      Recent history tells us that could be a key factor, with Murray, Djokovic and Andy Roddick all losing grand slam finals when placed in that -- unwanted -- situation.
        Djokovic thus can't bask in the glory of achieving a third French Open final for too long, especially since he and the Swiss have gone to five sets in their past four grand slam meetings.
        Perhaps seeking to begin his recovery and then focus squarely on Wawrinka, Djokovic didn't wait before attending his mandatory post-match press conference. He virtually went straight from the court to the interview room, which is far from the norm.
        "It wasn't physically an easy match, that's for sure, but I think I will be fine for the finals," Djokovic, who topped Murray for the eighth straight time, told reporters. "Whatever rest I have in me, whatever I have left in me, I will put out on the court tomorrow and hopefully it can be enough."
          Djokovic and the third-ranked Murray were forced off Philippe-Chatrier court shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time Friday tied 3-3 in the fourth due to an impending storm that caused fading light. The storm, however, never arrived in southwest Paris.
          The sizzling, then extremely blustery conditions gave way to sunshine and more manageable winds Saturday.
          Djokovic certainly didn't want to linger but unfortunately for the 28-year-old, that's exactly what happened. Hoping to progress in four sets, crowd favorite Murray didn't let him. The latter was simply impenetrable for the remainder of the fourth set.
          After the duo combined to drop one point on serve in the opening four games, Murray broke at 5-5, spurred on by winning a 32-shot rally that concluded when Djokovic netted a forehand after chasing an almost perfect drop shot.
          Clearly rattled, Djokovic almost buckled to begin the fifth. At deuce, Murray will rue missing a routine backhand into the net.
          In the second game, Murray imploded, committing more unforced errors than in the last six games of the fourth.
          "The first game of the fifth I had a little chance on his serve," admitted Murray. "And then I played a loose game on my serve with the new balls.
          "Then I think Novak relaxed a little bit after that and he hit the ball extremely accurate."
          Indeed Djokovic replicated his form of the first two-and-a-half sets Friday, hammering a forehand down the line from outside the doubles alley at 3-1.
          Djokovic sealed his 61 minutes on court with an ace.
          "I was playing some great tennis yesterday," said Djokovic. "He found his game late in the third. I had many opportunities to finish the match in straight sets but credit to Andy. He showed why he's one of the biggest competitors and fighters on tour."
          The man who handed Rafael Nadal only his second loss in 72 French Open matches and snapped Murray's 15-match clay-court winning streak this season is now one victory away from bagging the title he has so desperately craved.
            If Djokovic defeats last year's Australian Open champion, he would become just the eighth man to win all four majors.