Thiem stuns Djokovic in French Open quarter finals

Radio Sport staff,
Publish Date
Thursday, 8 June 2017, 9:44AM
Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem (Photosport).
Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem (Photosport).

Young Austrian Dominic Thiem has stunned defending champion Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarter finals.

After a 66-minute opening set of the highest quality, Thiem took Djokovic apart.

The second seed won just eight points in the final set as Thiem completed a 7-6, 6-3, 6-love victory.

Djokovic said he just wasn't up to it.

"It was not there for me today, especially in the second part of the match. I was unable to hit the ball well and many unforced errors, and he was getting better and better and more confident as the match progressed."

He said the match was effectively decided when Thiem won the first set.

"Crucial break at the beginning of the second and he started serving better, backing it up with a first shot. He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on the court today."

It will see Djokovic's ranking drop outside the top two for the first time since July 2011.

Thiem will now face a semi final against Rafael Nadal, who's only loss on clay this season was against Thiem in Rome.

Top seed Andy Murray is through to a repeat of last year’s semi final against Stan Wawrinka, while women's third seed Simona Halep has saved a match point to reach the semi-finals with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-love win over Elina Svitolina.

Halep will play second seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in the women's final





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