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As attracts and preparations go it’s not an understatement to say that neither have been perfect for Andy Murray.

The Briton has endured a reasonably poor 2024, blighted by damage and defeats. He comes into what many are assuming might be his final French Open on the again of a chastening straight-sets loss to world No 85 Yannick Hanfmann within the Geneva Open and along with his ankle damage nonetheless contemporary in his reminiscence. Every week earlier than that defeat he misplaced early on on the Bordeaux Challenger with the one factor worse than the poor outcomes being his laborious motion.

While it’s clear that for each their greatest days are properly behind them it’s nonetheless unusual to see a first-round match between Murray and Stan Wawrinka. Between them they’ve received six grand slams and proved themselves to be all-time greats, which throughout the period of the Big Three isn’t any imply feat.

If there’s any crumb of consolation for Murray it’s that Wawrinka hasn’t crushed a top-50 participant on the tour since September’s US Open. But apart from that the outlook isn’t nice for the tremendous Scot.

As our very personal Simon Briggs writes…

“One suspects that [Wawrinka] may be a little more sprightly around the court, if only because of the ankle injury that interrupted Murray’s season in late March.

“The whole thing has the flavour of a stock-car demolition derby between two ancient and bashed-up vehicles. As with Nadal, we probably won’t see either of them back at Roland Garros next year.”

But a Murray vs Wawrinka match is at all times one to get the juices following and victory for both would possibly simply be the tonic they should propel them deep right into a grand slam in what could be their last yr on tour.

Stay right here to search out out whether or not that might be Murray or Wawrinka.