Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Thiem stuns Djokovic in French Open quarter finals

Thiem stuns Djokovic in French Open quarter finals

They will face either 16th-seeded Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or Ryan Harrison of the United States and Michael Venus of New Zealand. He fought well in the first set and had two set points on the Thiem serve at 5-4.

"It's hard to comment (on) the third set. I played well all the matches here". That 2014 French Open title was his last (until Sunday, perhaps).

The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on her second set point.

On June 12, Novak Djokovic will not be No. 1 or No. 2 in Emirates #ATP Rankings for first time since March 20, 2011 (325 consecutive weeks).

He clinched victory on his first match point when Nishikori failed to return a powerful serve. The Romanian wasted four set points but evened the match on her next opportunity in the tiebreaker after saving a match point.

"I'll need to take it to him and hopefully play some good tennis to win that one".

"Just pretty bad set", said Djokovic, who split with his long-term coaching crew last month and announced shortly before the French he would be working with eight-times major victor Agassi.

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"It's a big challenge, but I'm up for it", he says.

It seemed unlikely that Halep would even be able to play at Roland Garros after the Romanian tore a ligament in her right ankle during her loss to Elina Svitolina in the Italian Open final. She bounced back and then saved a match point in the tiebreaker.

In all, Djokovic made almost twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18.

Ostapenko unleashed a series of impressive winners in the tiebreaker and took the set with a backhand volley.

The underdog called for a trainer at the end of the first set and left the court for treatment as Nadal tried to keep warm in brisk conditions on his courtside chair. "So now I'm just figuring it all out, and obviously there are things to think about and to work on, and we'll see where it takes me", he said.

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Dabrowski, who is from Canada, and her Indian partner rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10. He's very powerful on both sides. The former No. 1 player was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012.

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"I mean, it's a joke how tough it is to win a slam", Thiem, told reporters after beating Djokovic 7-6 (5) 6-3 6-0 in the quarter-finals. "As you see him again so much as a favorite, you can predict three or four more titles, at least".

"Thiem is a tough player", said Nadal.

It was Djokovic's worst loss by games of his career at the French Open.

The 31-year-old Nadal, who retired last year before his third-round match with a wrist injury, is the only man with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.

Into his 25th major semi-final, Nadal is the only the fifth man in history to reach 10 semis at a single grand slam event. "Rafa's had a great clay-court season, as has Thiem".

And what about Andy Murray, who meets Wawrinka on Friday in a rematch of the 2016 French Open semifinals?

"I expect him to try to do the same because that's always how he is trying to play against me, to be aggressive".

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