Serena Williams won a dramatic French Open final against Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova to claim her 20th Grand Slam title. The American, ranked number one, needed two hours and one minute to win 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 at Roland Garros. Safarova, playing her first Grand Slam final, led by a break in the decider but Williams won the last six games. The 33-year-old becomes the third player – male or female – to win 20 major singles titles. Only Germany’s Steffi Graf on 22 has won more since the open era began in 1968, with Australia’s Margaret Court collecting 24 between 1960 and 1973. Victory at Wimbledon in July would see Williams hold all four major titles at once, having managed the feat already in 2003.
Novak Djokovic saw off a thrilling fightback from Andy Murray to win their French Open semi-final in five sets. The world number one resumed leading by two sets to one and with the match 3-3 in the fourth after a storm had halted play on Friday evening. Murray took the fourth set on Saturday’s resumption but Djokovic came through 6-3 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-1. The 28-year-old Serb will face Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in the final on Sunday. Djokovic has now won 28 matches in a row, and another victory would make him only the eighth man to complete the set of all four Grand Slam titles. His hopes were threatened for the first time on Friday evening as Murray launched a stirring comeback, and the top seed looked in real danger when the Briton grabbed the fourth set on Saturday. “I’m very glad that I managed to finish this match as a winner,” said Djokovic. “I was hoping I can do it before, but I don’t think I have done too much wrong, even today in the fourth. He just came up with some great shots, great points.” Murray said: “Last night before we came off the crowd were really into it and it was a good atmosphere. I was obviously motivated to come out today and try to turn the match around. “I played a loose game on my serve the first game of the [final] set with the new balls. I missed I think three balls long in that game. “Then I think Novak relaxed a little bit after that and he hit the ball extremely accurate.”