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French Open: Andy Murray insists heat is on favourite Novak Djokovic before semi at scorching Roland GarrosAndy Murray has insisted the heat is on Novak Djokovic in their French Open semi-final showdown on Friday. Temperatures are set to soar to over 30 degrees celsius for the clash between the only two unbeaten players on cl

ay this season. World No 1 Djokovic is the red-hot favourite after a streak of 27 victories since February –

and seven straight wins over Murray. But the super Serb is also seeking to become only the eighth man in history to complete a career Grand Slam. And Murray, who finally won Wimbledon at his eighth attempt, reckoned Djokovic will also be playing with the weight of history on his shoulders. “You put extreme amounts of pressure on yourself to do it,” said the Scot. “You would say this is Novak’s best chance now to do it, having beaten Rafa and Rafa not playing as well as he has in the past. Heir to the throne: Djokovic beat King of Clay Nadal in straight sets on Wednesday (Image: Getty) “No-one that is left in the tournament has won the event. He goes into the semi finals being the most experienced play

er. “To win the career Grand Slam is an extremely difficult thing to do. That’s why so few people have done it. He will obviously put a lot of pressure on himself to try t

o do it this year.” John McEnroe, who never won the

title at Roland Garros, added: “This is just huge for Novak. There’s a lot of pressure on him, no question, and I’m sure a lot of it is self-induced as he’s got a chance to be considered one of the all-time greats if wins this. This is like the changing of the guard.” Murray, who is looking to become the first Brit to reach the final here since Bunny Austin in 1937, claimed he will be able to use the warm weather to his advantage to avoid a war of attrition. “Heat makes the conditions quicker,” he said. “The ball travels through the air faster so points potentially can be shorter. I’ll try to use that to my advantage. In pictures - Andy Murray vs David Ferrer: Andy Murray vs David Ferrer, French Open semi-

finals 2015View gallery “I have played Novak many times and had a bunch of tough, close physical battles with him. If the conditions are like that or like

they’re supposed to be, it’s obviously going to be very tough.” Murray and Djokovic were born within a week of each other in May 1987 and their careers have been just as close. The Scot has compared their rivalry to Andre Agassi v Pete Sampr

as in the 1990s. “We’ve played each other a bunch, played in many big matches

,” he said. Djokovic now leads 18-8 but three-time French Open champion Mats Wilander reckons Murray can “harm” the best player in the world. “I like the way

he has turned his backhand into a serious weapon,” said the Swede. “He steps into the court and takes the ball extremely early. I think that shot is now better than Djokovic’s. I think he can harm him for sure.” McEnroe added: “It is the two best returners in the game

going at it. Holding serve is going to be crucial.” Head to head: How Murray (left) and Djokovic compare poll loadingWho will win the French Open?0+ VOTES SO FARNovak DjokovicAndy MurrayStanislas Wawrinka