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Summary

  1. Play suspended for day because of storm
  2. Play to resume at 1200 BST on Saturday
  3. Djokovic takes first two sets, 6-3 6-3
  4. Murray hits back to take third set 7-5
  5. Wawrinka beats Tsonga 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4
  6. Click audio icon for live radio commentary

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By Jonathan Jurejko and Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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As Andy Murray heads back to his hotel room, possibly weighing up the convenience of room service against the inevitable sense of self-loathing that after eating a meat-and-sauce meal whilst lying in your bed, we are going to park this live text for the night.

Though, as Arnie said, we will be back. And we can even give you a time - 11:30 BST.

See you here for the conclusion of Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic followed by Serena Williams v Lucie Safarova.

Bye!

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Maddy Raman: Rain best thing that could happen to Murray. Almost best of two sets and freshness a big factor. Game back on

Tim Henman and Goran Ivanisevic
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Of course, rain delay in the semi-finals of Grand Slams have not always worked out well for Great British Hopes.

At Wimbledon in 2001, Tim Henman led Goran Ivanisevic two sets to one in the semi-finals only for the British weather to intervene, interrupting his flow and

allowing Ivanisevic to come roaring back.

Here's hoping Murray can use the break to his advantage.

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Scott Irvine: Hope Murray keeps momentum for tomorrow. What a match we have in store.

Ryan Greenaway: If that's the end of play today Murray will need to come out the blocks like Bolt tomorrow or Djoko will finish it in three games

So where did the tide turn in this match?

Well, Andy Murray's serve registered progressively better stats across the first three sets. That was probably as much Djokovic slipping from his stratospheric standards as Murray raising his own game.

% pts won on first serve

Set 1: 59%

Set 2: 64%

Set 3: 70%

% pts won on second serve

Set 1: 50%

Set 2: 33%

Set 3: 92%

Match to resume 12:00 BST Saturday

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-3 Murray

It did not take long for common sense to prevail.

The referee decides that it would be silly to keep the players, crowd and officials here on the off-chance of five minutes play.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will resume their French Open semi-final at 12:00 BST tomorrow.

Andy Murray
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The tournament organiser tell BBC Radio 5 live sports extra that play has not been suspended for the day, only for the time being.

The players could yet make a return later this evening.

It looks pretty unlikely though. Rain is just starting to spot down on the court covers and even if the storm clears off sharpish, the light will surely not be good enough to get back under way.

I think that Andy Murray can start booking a cab for the day.

Miles Maclagan

Former coach to Andy Murray and Laura Robson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I'm not sure who that favours more. Murray worked hard to get back into this game, while Djokovic can go away and come back refreshed. Both can look at this suspension in a positive way."

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Bishop Yinkus: Novak will be very happy as the official stop the match, I just hope Murray can pick up the momentum where he stopped tomorrow.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

"At the moment we have sunshine. But the Roland Garros organisers realise that in 10 or 15 minutes the thunderstorms might arrive so they've taken the decision to bring the players off. I'm very surprised by that decision."

Play suspended

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-3 Murray

Amid all the drama, I had forgotten about those pesky thunderclouds.

A tournament official strides up to umpire Pascal Maria, has a quiet word with both players and then an announcement comes over the tannoy.

Play has been stopped because a storm has been spotted on the radar and its arrival at Roland Garros is imminent.

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James, North Wales: This match is worthy of the final! What a contest!

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-3 Murray

Philippe Chatrier is turned into the Theatre of Screams as Andy Murray drags himself out of the sticky stuff.

Novak Djokovic is the first to get animated, demanding more appreciation for the crowd for a backhand punch for 0-30 before roaring his disapproval as he nets in the next point.

Murray joins the party as he administers a verbal slap-down to himself for a forehand into the net for 15-40 and two break points.

But an ace out of the quiver and a Djokovic backhand into the net breathes life into Murray's chances.

Murray makes his way to safety and celebrates with a final blast to the players' box.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

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"With the skies darkening, Murray's target now must be to extend this into Saturday and go again. As courtside officials look quizzically to the heavens, there is surely no chance they will complete five sets tonight and with Djokovic resurgent, it could be a case of hanging in there and making sure he is still in the tournament come the penultimate day. For now, Murray is furiously smacking his towel into his knees on the changeover. As you do."

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Nick Williams, Stratford-on-Avon: Can we frame Ian's comment from 18:17? It appears Murray has ran a million miles in the last hour.

Miles Maclagan

Former coach to Andy Murray and Laura Robson on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"This is very hard to see which way things are going to go. The points are so brutal and such an effort for someone to go ahead that they can't then pull away. Murray's shot has more weight, he is hitting with intent and pushing Djokovic around. Murray is digging deep."

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Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 3-2 Murray*

Novak Djokovic is back at the controls, guiding himself to 40-15. Hang on, fasten your seatbelt Nole fans, here comes some turbulence.

Andy Murray wallops away a forehand right into the apex of sideline and baseline for a superb winner. And he then crashes away a bounce smash for deuce. He twizzled his racquets in his hands as he waited for the ball to come down, maybe that was how to do it.

Djokovic steers himself home, but he is being made to work so much harder on serve than he was in the first two sets.

The tournament referee is lurking courtside by the way, checking up on the fading light. We should have at least another 20 minutes by previous year's experience.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That was a big moment. If Murray could have snuck that one out then it would have been a heartbreaker for Djokovic.

"But we saw that in Murray's last match against Ferrer - Murray winning a break then losing it in the next game."

Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 2-2 Murray

Dusk is falling, but the drama just keeps ramping up.

Novak Djokvovic pumps his fist up to the heavens as Andy Murray blasts an inviting mid-court smash into the net to hand him 15-40. Two break points.

A thick net cord catches a Djokovic forehand on the first. The ball floats agonisingly upwards with Murray helplessly watching at the back of the court. It lands out.

But Djokovic snatches parity in the next rally as Murray strays into the net.

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Jamie Patrick: This is possibly the best tennis I've seen Muzza play in his whole career.

Cammy Renwick: Never question Murray's resolve, strong physically, strong mentally, c'mon Andy!!

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray is in a great position. It's often tricky when you break so early in a set because you've momentum and you usually want momentum towards the end of the set. But Djokovic is looking tired, grumpy, possibly hungry and Murray is pumped up."

Novak Djokovic
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Murray breaks

Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 1-2 Murray*

Suddenly there is a gale in Andy Murray's sails!

The Scot tears to 0-40, spitting winners off his forehand wing. Novak Djokovic looks like a little boy lost out there, unable to deal with the pace and power suddenly. And he twangs into the tape to concede on the first break point.

I think Djokovic would like the umpire to call it a day and send them home for the evening to return on Saturday.

But they like a revolution in France and the crowd won't allow an early end to their entertainment.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray is moving well and hitting the ball confidently. All those matches on clay this summer boil down to this - the footwork and pressure on the clay is priceless. Djokovic looks the one who is a little rattled at the moment."

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 1-1 Murray

The mojo in this match is ebbing and flowing all over the place.

Novak Djokovic racks up three break points as Andy Murray swats a forehand into the net under little pressure.

A lovely, cushioned volley at the net recovers the first though.

This is like two professional pong players. The ball bats back and forth between the two of them for an eternity before Novak Djokovic plants into the net on the 33rd stroke for 30-40.

A tired-looking forehand, halfway up the net, from Djokovic then allows Murray to the sanctuary of deuce.

Djokovic is now complaining about the failing light, claiming he cannot pick up the ball as Murray makes good his escape.

Andy Murray
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Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 1-0 Murray*

A pretty regulation hold from Novak Djokovic. Andy Murray shaved just a point off that game.

That was just what Djokovic needed to steady the ship after Murray torpedoed him late in the third.

It was the Corporal Jones of service holds. "Don't panic!"

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Jonathan Cook: That's why I've support Murray all these years. That man has some fight in him!

Sara Wadee: I stood up and Murray broke. I remained stood up and he won the set. Therefore I will be standing until the end.

Kris Holland: Tell you what, if Murray goes on to win this then it has got to be the comeback of his career, surely?!

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"Djokovic heads off for a medical time-out and Murray nips away too, pretty standard practice after two sets these days, although it remains to be seen if Djokovic has an issue that could affect the match.

"Murray prowls the baseline waiting for his opponent to return, letting the crowd - and the umpire - know that he's ready. Djokovic returns in a fresh pair of shorts and he has twice managed love sets to beat Murray this year, so expect him to be firing on all cylinders again."

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 Murray

Someone better go and check the cubicles for Novak Djokovic. Or put out an a missing person alert. He has been gone some time.

Novak Djokovic
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Andy Murray has a word with umpire Pascal Maria before finally the Serb emerges with a fresh pair of shorts. Who knows what happened back there.

We are ready to go.

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 Murray

This is a lengthy lay-off.

Andy Murray nips to the loo himself, but Novak still isn't back on the stage. Murray gets tired of waiting on his chair and heads to the baseline to prepare to receive serve.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Murray had to wrestle defeat - he was looking it in the eyes with a couple of breaks down in that third set. But Djokovic missed a couple of shots and Murray thought 'if I hang in there I've got a chance'.

"As soon as the wind started blowing Djokovic's footwork deserted him. Murray played some good tennis but Djokovic had the chance."

Murray wins the third set

*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-7 Murray

Andy Murray
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Right, Murray is four points away from the set. Any nerves that he might have had brewing during the changeover ferment a little stronger as the French Open crowd decide now is the time for a Mexican wave.

Finally they settle down and Murray rattles through in style, holding to love.

Djokovic stabs into the net for 30-0, before a rocket ace flashes past for 40-0 and then he returns long to concede the game.

That was a rotten game from the top seed and he trudges off court to have a word with himself and a bathroom break. Breaking up Murray's momentum will be a happy side-effect.

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"If that spinning, flying, crashing forehand winner from Murray didn't jolt everyone out of their sultry evening stupor, the roar that followed his next crushing winner must have.

"The crowd are certainly behind the Scot, which is the sort of thing that can get to Djokovic - he has already had a couple of run-ins with the locals. They are after a contest, and they might get one if Murray can serve this set out."

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Paul Thompson: The Scottish fire is burning! Fantastic spirit from Murray, Djokovic on the ropes for the first time...

Andrew: Have we a match on our hands here? This really is the highest quality sport.

Shohidur Rahman: And there we saw Djokovic's only weakness, his anger when the crowd doesn't support him.

Pat Cash

1987 Wimbledon champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Great game from Murray, but slack stuff from Djokovic. He almost panicked, decided to come into the net and he should know better. He has to weather the storm and set it up for Murray to have a go. But he teed him up."

Murray breaks

Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-6 Murray*

If one shot could change a match, that could be it.

Fifteen-love down, Andy Murray chases back to recover a lob, spinning to unleash a terrific forehand winner. The crowd go ripe bananas.

Murray demands more noise. They deliver more decibels. A superb forehand down the line. 15-30 and even more noise.

Djokovic nods knowingly, but that forehand into the net gives Murray 15-40 and his first break points of the match.

And he has a 100% conversion rate! The ball sits up invitingly and Murray hammers it away to break.

Andy Murray
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*Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-5 Murray

Andy Murray must hold serve here. As simple as that. If he doesn't then it is au revoir to Roland Garros until 2016.

A heavy forehand from Djokovic, after he cagily hits a smash down the middle to set up a rally, scoots past the baseline to the delight of Murray. The Briton leads 30-0. So far so good.

Murray smashes down a seventh ace of the match, swiftly follows that up with another, and that means we go on...

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Stewart Mills: I am not Murray's biggest fan but to say he is a million miles away from Djokovic is pretty laughable. Small margins...

Laura Chamberlain: Murray is better than this, but is he better than Djokovic? In the psychological dept, it's a resounding NO.

Djokovic 6-3 6-3 5-4 Murray*

All quiet on the Western front in a strange old game

Novak Djokovic gets a serve to kick up nastily as he advances to 40-15 without too much bother.

Andy Murray is then chuckling away to himself at the end - a wry philosopical laugh at his own situation and Djokovic's brilliance or something shouted from his camp perhaps - and fails to chase down a drop-shot that was well within his reach on the final point.

Wawrinka reaches final

Wawrinka 6-3 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 Tsonga

Stan Wawrinka
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Eighth seed Stan Wawrinka on beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach his first French Open final: "I've been playing really well since the beginning of the tournament. I'm surprised and really happy with how I've been playing."

On Sunday's final against either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray: "We're both going to be nervous, that's a fact. I will have to focus on myself and try to bring my A-game."

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DC, Dorking: Goodness, people talking about total domination with their crystal balls. Nadal will come good again and young players will emerge. Relax everyone.

Martin, Fareham: If Djokovic can play the rest of the year at this level then the calendar Grand Slam is probable rather than possible.

Tom, Whitstable: In 2011 Djokovic was just as dominant and went 6-0 against Nadal. Rafa came back, so will Andy. Have faith people.