French Open: Dominic Thiem outclasses Djokovic to reach last four

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World number two, Novak Djokovic, suffered a shock defeat at the French Open after he was humbled by Austrian, Dominic Thiem, 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the quarter-final on Thursday at Suzanne Lenglen.


The 23-year-old, who also reached the last four at Roland Garros last year, came into the tie with a record of having lost all his previous five matches against Djokovic, including the recent defeat in Rome.
Djokovic started slowly, in a match that was delayed due to storms in Paris, as per the Irish Mirror, as Thiem took the first set, which was decided by a tie break, with the Serb committing 17 unforced errors.

Novak Djokovic humbled in the semi-finals in France
In the second set, the 23-year-old broke Djokovic in the opening game, before taking the set in just over 39 minutes to take a 2-0 lead in the game, as Djokovic, who held all four grand slams last year, pondered a way out.
However, the no.2 seed continued to struggle as Thiem broke him again in the first game of the third set. The Austrian won 13 straight games, before finishing Djokovic with a lovely backhand to seal a famous win.
For the Austrian, beating the world number two was simply nothing short of amazing, and a dream.
“It is amazing for me,” Thiem said, moments after the match. “I had a 0-5 record against him. [But] to beat him in the quarter-finals of the French Open is a dream.
“For sure, it was a little bit tricky for me. It was cold, with a little bit of wind,” he added.
For a place in the final, Thiem is expected next to battle tournament favourite, Rafael Nadal, who saw off the challenge of compatriot, Pablo Carreno Busta, who retired with a stomach muscle injury, albeit he was down 6-2, 2-0.

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