Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic French Open quarter-finals back to Wednesday

Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic French Open quarter-finals back to Wednesday

"It's wonderful for me, I was 0-5 against him", Thiem said in his on court interview. "This is a whole new situation that I'm feeling". This is why Andre is there and I think Novak knows something is not right.

Thiem was much less error-prone in the second set than he had been in the opener, with his unforced error count dropping from 18 to just eight. His backhand was particularly problematic.

Djokovic is not due to play again until Wimbledon but, as well as suggesting he could play a warm-up tournament on grass, he also hinted he might take a longer break.

"It was decided I think in the first set".

How unlikely was this result?

Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam victor and the fourth seed in Paris, is chasing a first major since 2014 and claimed a 100th victory from 102 career best-of-five set matches on clay against his countryman, improving his formidable Roland Garros record to 77 wins and just two defeats.

"It's wonderful for me", said Thiem.

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It was the first time in the Open era that two Asian men had met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament.

Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris.

Since then, the highlight for Djokovic was a runner-up finish at the US Open. He was definitely the better player on the court. "It's not getting easier on Friday".

Tuesday's rain meant all four men's quarterfinals were scheduled for Wednesday. No. 7 Marin Cilic.

The two are set to clash off for the fourth time this season on the slowest tennis surface, with Nadal picking up two wins over Thiem in those three matches played so far.

Nadal moved into a 10th French Open semi-final after opponent Pablo Carreno Busta retired.

Nadal led 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.

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He wrapped up the set in the ninth game with Djokovic managing just five winners.

"I hope things are going well for him, and he's someone I really like". Nadal said. "I only care that I am in the semi-finals". Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Seeded sixth in the tournament, 23-year-old Thiem won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 over Djokovic in two hours and 15 minutes.

The 20th-seeded Carreno Busta had taken a medical timeout after the opening set but continued to struggle with his serve, which he failed to hold all match.

The left-hander destroyed compatriot Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-1 6-2 6-2 in just 111 minutes to reach his 31st grand slam quarter-final and 11th in Paris.

Thiem's level of exhaustion in the drubbing Djokovic gave him at Rome is underrated, but combine that with the casual beatdown he took in the French Open semis previous year and it's hard to make a case for the Austrian to match that result.

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