French Open finals: Nadal vs. Wawrinka, Halep vs. Ostapenko

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French Open finals: Nadal vs. Wawrinka, Halep vs. Ostapenko
Spain's Rafael Nadal reaches for the ball while playing Austria's Dominic Thiem during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Associated Press


A quick look at the French Open:

MEN'S SEMIFINALS FRIDAY

No. 3 Stan Wawrinka beat No. 1 Andy Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-1; and No. 4 Rafael Nadal beat No. 6 Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0. Nadal, a nine-time champion at Roland Garros, will face Wawrinka, the 2015 champ, in Sunday's final.

STAT OF THE DAY

1973 — The last time a man older than the 32-year-old Wawrinka appeared in the men's final at the French Open.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"To play Rafa on clay in (the) French Open in a final is probably the biggest challenge you can have in tennis." — Wawrinka.

LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY

A women's tournament that was missing Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will finish with a first-time Grand Slam champion, either No. 3-seeded Simona Halep of Romania or 47th-ranked Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Ostapenko, who turned 20 on Thursday, is the first unseeded finalist at Roland Garros since 1983; she's also never won a tour-level title of any sort. More reasons to find her participation in the final surprising: She had never been past the third round at any Grand Slam tournament before this week, and her previous French Open experience consisted of a first-round loss last year and a loss in qualifying the year before that. The 25-year-old Halep is a much more established player. She owns 15 tiles, was the 2014 runner-up at the French Open and will move up to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time if she wins. The matchup provides quite a contrast in styles: Ostapenko's big bold strokes aimed at lines vs. Halep's more conservative, defensive strategy.

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