Andy Murray is 17-2 on the clay in 2016. Defending French Open Champion Stan Wawrinka is 12-3. Both players look strong headed into their semifinal clash at Roland Garros. At Matchstat, 56% of bettors are backing Murray and 43% are taking Wawrinka’s side. Wawrinka, were he looking from above, might take Murray — at least according to some of his comments. Of his fellow two-time Slam champion, Wawrinka recently said, “I think [Murrays] is well ahead of me. He’s in the “Big Four.” No. 2 in the World. So many Masters 1000 titles.”
Murray is ranked No. 2 in the world and Wawrinka No. 4. But only one man has won the French Open, and that’s Wawrinka in 2015. Murray seemed to get some kind of wake-up call after the first two sets in the quarterfinal against Frenchman Richard Gaquet — he came out and won 12 of the next 14 games, obliterating the French crowd’s hope for a homegrown champ. Wawrinka is the next best thing, perhaps — a defending champ from neighboring Switzerland. He may consider himself an underdog, but he won’t play that way. Murray is 8-7 against Wawrinka, but has lost the last three clay court matches in straight sets.