French Open 2015 Results: Friday Scores, Updated Roland Garros Draw Predictions

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 5, 2015

Serena Williams of the U.S. returns in her semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Williams won in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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The men's final could have been booked at the 2015 French Open long before the storms rolled into Paris and halted play, but Andy Murray had other ideas.

He looked to be yet another victim of No. 1 Novak Djokovic's straight-sets reign at Roland Garros in Friday's semifinal, up until he was pushed to within one game of defeat in the third set. Then, Murray broke Djokovic's serve for the first time to rattle off three straight games and force a fourth set.

With the sun soon to go down and storms about to cause a long delay, things were halted at a 3-3 stalemate in the fourth set. It will resume Saturday morning as Murray hopes to force a final set and Djokovic looks to wrap it up, as Roland Garros noted where things stood:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

The #Djokovic-#Murray semi-final has been suspended for the evening with Djokovic leading 6-3 6-3 5-7 *3-3. #RG15

Awaiting the winner of Djokovic and Murray's suspended match in the final is Stan Wawrinka, who dashed France's hopes of a domestic champion by toppling No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets. Overlooked throughout most of this final week at Roland Garros, Wawrinka's power and consistency could prove troublesome for whoever gets out of Saturday's continued semifinal.

Folks will have to wait one more night to find out exactly who will be clashing in the men's final, but things have already materialized in the women's draw. Let's take a look at how Friday's results turned out, and preview Saturday's women's championship match.

2015 French Open Scores: Friday, June 5

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Men's SemifinalsScore
No. 8 Stan Wawrinka def. No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4
No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads No. 3 Andy Murray*6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 3-3 (suspended)

Updated Roland Garros Predictions

Women's Final: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 13 Lucie Safarova

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Serena Williams' toughest opponent in Saturday's final isn't across the net from her—it's within her.

That's not a jab at Lucie Safarova, who has been nothing short of incredible throughout her run at Roland Garros. Instead, it's the simple acceptance that the only thing keeping Williams from playing at an unbeatable level is the apparent flu she has been battling throughout the tournament's second week.

It looked to doom her in a semifinal match with No. 23 Timea Bacsinszky, until she won the last 10 games to come back from another opening-set loss. But she made no doubt of how she's feeling, as she said after the match per ESPN.com news services:

"We'll see if he (the doctor) can do anything else to help, but I don't think there's anything," Williams said. "...At this point, I just want to get better—it's hard to think about the match or winning another Grand Slam title right now."

One day later, Williams was a no-show at Friday's practice events and media availability—not a surprise, but enough to wonder how she'll fare Saturday, per Sport360's Reem Abulleil:

Reem Abulleil @ReemAbulleil

Serena Williams has not and will not come to practice on site today and won't do pre-final press. Will she be ready for tomorrow's final?

Victoria Chiesa of The Tennis Island reported an update from the Williams camp provided by coach Patrick Mouratoglou, which doesn't sound promising:

Victoria Chiesa @vrcsports

Patrick on ES, re: Serena: "She's still not great. When she woke up, she was feeling...bad. We'll see during the day how it evolves."

Even if Williams is able to play at the level she's shown at Roland Garros, it's fair to question whether it will be enough against a high-flying opponent.

Not only has Safarova toppled some of the biggest hitters—Garbine Muguruza, Ana Ivanovic, and Maria Sharapova among them—in her French Open, but she's failed to lose a single set. Compare that to Williams, who has dropped the opening set in four of her six matches.

Another trend working against the top seed is a surprising lack of success at Roland Garros, at least compared to other Grand Slam stops. She has two titles there, but only one in the last dozen years and three less than at any other major. 

Safarova has been a force to be reckoned with at Roland Garros, but she's inevitably set up for disappointment.

Michel Euler/Associated Press

The Czech native figures to be a shoo-in for the first set after how Williams has started in most of her Roland Garros matches and considering how she's done herself. But as the top seed has become accustomed to, Williams will be taking mental notes throughout on how to beat her opponent while saving some energy for late.

Health issues could prevent Williams from finding that groove, and if it does, she's doomed. But it hasn't stopped her yet, and neither has Safarova—who is 0-8 against Williams for her career.

Unless she just can't play at a high level, Williams will get it done.

Prediction: Williams wins in three sets

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