Lacklustre Djokovic falls to Thiem

Ross Houston
June 7, 2017

Thiem came out with a commanding display of tennis and completely dominated the game. That was only the second time that Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.

It's the clash between Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta in the French Open quarter-finals. Thiem took over after that, winning the third set in only 20 minutes.

Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals for the 10th time when Pablo Carreno Busta retired from their match because of injury. He'll play defending champion Novak Djokovic in the last eight after the Serbian Defending champion eased past claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (5) 6-1 6-3.

A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in almost a half-century to claim a fourth consecutive major championship and completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

Rafa Nadal reached a record-equalling 11th French Open quarter-final on Sunday with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut.

Carreno Busta facilitated the exits of two seeded players - #11 Grigor Dimitrov and #5 Milos Raonic from the tournament, but neither player has been particularly stellar on clay or in any raring form of late.

An opening set where both players struggled to hold serve was sealed when Bacsinszky hit her third ace, and the Swiss held her nerve in the second set to close it out. At least they'll get to play.

Possible storms are forecast from 1400 local time (1200 GMT) when play is due to start, and rain showers from 1700 (1500 GMT) on a windy day in Paris.

If Nadal and Djokovic win, they would face each other Friday.

The Austrian has never beaten Djokovic in five previous meetings, though, so will need to break new ground in order to reach the semi-finals in Paris for a second successive season.

Fourth round: 2-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) bt Veronica Cepede Royg (Paraguay) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; 28-Caroline Garcia (France) bt Alize Cornet (France) 6-2, 6-4.

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