'16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters

Laura Christensen
June 9, 2017

World number two Novak Djokovic has failed to advance to the semifinal of the ongoing French Open after crashing out in the quarterfinal in a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-0 defeat to Dominic Thiem on Wednesday.

Thiem is the only player to beat the history-chasing Spaniard on clay this year, in the Italian capital before losing to Djokovic, but knows he will need to produce something special to repeat that feat in Paris.

Heading into the quarterfinals of the 2017 French Open, Novak Djokovic knew he needed a big win to fight toward a second consecutive Roland Garros title.

Thiem, 23, has never reached a Grand Slam final, and his only prior semifinal appearance was his loss to Djokovic a year ago.

Thiem must now upend familiar foe Rafael Nadal - who progressed when Pablo Carreno Busta retired while trailing 6-2 2-0 - to make a maiden grand slam final.

He was 6-2, 2-0 up on Pablo Carreno Busta when his Spanish compatriot quit with an abdominal injury. Thiem saved the first set point with a volley, then forced a backhand error on the second.

I'm very surprised - especially with the way how it ended.

The last British player to win the men's singles French Open title was Fred Perry in 1935. "I'm feeling like I'm missing consistency", Djokovic said.

Thiem said that while he feels relieved and excited to have beaten Djokovic, he knows he can not settle heading into his contest with Nadal. So I guess you've got to go through it, learn your lessons and figure out the way.

The result robbed the tournament of a mouth-watering semi-final match-up against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

His defeat by Thiem was his first in six meetings with the young Austrian.

Djokovic, who teamed up with Andre Agassi ahead of the tournament, squandered two set points in the 10th game of the opener on Wednesday and things got steadily worse.

The 31-year-old Nadal has spent only eight hours on court, dropping 22 games in the process, to reach his record-extending 10th semi-final at the French Open. "I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match".

The Scot set up a semi-final rematch with third seed Wawrinka after beating the Swiss in four sets at the same stage a year ago.

Wawrinka improved to 12-2 career against Cilic.

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