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French Open 2017 | John McEnroe slams Novak Djokovic after Dominic Thiem loss

French Open 2017 | John McEnroe slams Novak Djokovic after Dominic Thiem loss

He lost to Djokovic in the semi-finals in Paris a year ago, but he turned the result upside down by beating the second seed Serb 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 15 minutes in a quarter-final encounter. And of course on Friday is coming the toughest opponent ever here in Roland Garros.

She allowed Halep just four winners in the first set and coasted to within sight of the last-four, but the Romanian ran away with 12 of the last 13 games to avenge her loss in the Rome final.

Neither Nadal nor Thiem have dropped a set in reaching the last four, with the Spaniard losing just 22 games through five matches.

"I only care that I am in the semi-finals". I won in Barcelona and Madrid and I lost to him in Rome.

The 12-times Grand Slam victor referred to "personal issues" after his third round exit at last year's Wimbledon, and has since had injury problems.

"I mean, it's a joke how tough it is to win a slam", Thiem said. "There are question marks for me over where's Novak - especially after that performance".

Nadal takes on Thiem on Friday (9 June).




The other semi-final pits world No.1 Andy Murray against in-form Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the third seed.

Thiem, who plays with a single-handed backhand, said he needed to improve the defensive side of his game after struggling against the ferocious top-spin on Nadal's forehand during their last few encounters. "It is my favourite", she said with a smile that had barely left her face since seeing her boy - the youngest in the draw at just 19 years and one month - march on. I tried. I lost that crucial break in the beginning of the second, and he started serving better, backing it up with the first shot. You can not avoid it all the time. "I was a little bit lucky, I can say", said Halep, who grabbed the second set on a fortuitous net cord victor.

Thiem has put in some scintillating displays at Roland Garros this year and, like Nadal has yet to drop a set at the tournament. "Obviously, it was a thrill and complete fulfillment, I guess", Djokovic said during an expansive and frank news conference.

Rafael Nadal qualified for the semi-finals for the 10th time after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0.

"It's not that he lost but the manner in which he lost", said one fan on the B92 website's (www.b92.net) message board after the effervescent Thiem swept aside the former world number one and defending Roland Garros champion 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0. "I only care that I am in the semi-finals". "I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match. It's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best".

Nadal's only defeats at Roland Garros since debuting here in 2005 came in the fourth round in 2009 against Swede Robin Soderling and in the 2015 quarter-finals against Novak Djokovic.

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