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Djokovic 'tanked' the last set, says McEnroe

Djokovic 'tanked' the last set, says McEnroe

"It's unfortunate to finish Roland Garros the way I have done today".

Ostapenko, an unseeded 19-year-old from Latvia, displayed unbridled joy after using the go-for-it strokes of someone too bold to know better to beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the French Open on a rainy Tuesday.

"Even previous year I realised he was more aggressive, that's what I thought when I was coaching Milos (Raonic), we played against him". She however looked a wee bit shaky as she surrendered her service game, the first game of the match to her opponent.

Ukrainian Svitolina saved four set points at 5-6 in the second and then had a match point in the tiebreak which Halep saved with a fearless backhand victor that kissed the sideline. He was definitely the better player on the court.

Wawrinka, who won at Roland Garros in 2015, will face either top-ranked Andy Murray or No. 8 Kei Nishikori. He further stated, "I think he's been great". She bounced back and then saved a match point in the tiebreaker.

She only needed one, winning with a crosscourt forehand victor. Going to be the fourth match against him in five or six weeks. The Romanian wasted four set points but evened the match on her next opportunity in the tiebreaker after saving a match point.

Among the four men's semifinalists at the French Open, Gustavo Kuerten picks Rafael Nadal to win a record 10th title in Paris. Only two women in the Open era have recorded more during one major tournament.

The Mallorcan was in superb form a year ago before a wrist injury forced him to abandon the tournament after the third round.

Romanian third seed Halep trailed by a set and 5-1 against the fifth seed but somehow dug herself out of a hole before storming to victory.




It's not unknown that Novak Djokovic follows a strict diet that is considered to be one of the prime reasons behind his success on court.

Thiem will next face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

With the wind whipping at more than 15 miles per hour (25 kph), and the temperature in the low 50s (low teens Celsius), Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points.

Thiem pounced on his lifeline, taking the set after 73 minutes when the Serb dumped a backhand in the net. He has dropped the first two sets of his quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria.

He wasted two set points in the opener. Then in the second set, in the beginning, I was down love-30.

He will face nine-times victor Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

Having enjoyed an iconic status among Serbian tennis fans for the best part of his career, Novak Djokovic was scorned by many of them after a tame straight-sets defeat by Austrian Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Nadal earlier reached a 10th Roland Garros semi-final when Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired in the second set through injury.


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