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Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic quarter-finals back to Wednesday

Rain pushes Nadal, Djokovic quarter-finals back to Wednesday

Thus the world No. 4 is through to the French Open quarterfinals for the 11th time in his career.

That he departed this time with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday left everyone, including Djokovic, pondering the answers to hard questions.

The Scot set up a semi-final rematch with third seed Wawrinka after beating the Swiss in 4 sets at the same stage a year ago. Djokovic won just eight points and appeared to give up.

After the defeat, Djokovic was accused of "tanking" by several analysts and commentators covering the 2017 French Open.

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. I don't visualise that ever. "I think in the first set I was playing good tennis, but as you saw I lost 6-1". I won in Barcelona and Madrid, but I lost to him in Rome...

"Now I'm just figuring it all out and obviously there are things to think about and to work on. I was just unable to hit the ball well and many unforced errors". Thiem has motored through the first four rounds to reach just his second Grand Slam quarter-final, but the challenge is about to get much tougher for one of the game's rising stars.

Thiem's performance certainly should not be overlooked.

Djokovic also spoke about the fact that he hasn't won any major trophy in an nearly a year and that this situation is something new in his career.

But even by Djokovic's up-and-down standards since his historic and emotional victory here, this was exceptionally poor.




The underdog called for a trainer at the end of the first set and left the court for treatment as Nadal tried to keep warm in brisk conditions on his courtside chair.

"I felt the injury when I served at 2-5", said Carreno Busta. Thiem has yet to drop a set this tournament and has won 16 of his last 18 sets played overall. "It's unfortunate to finish Roland Garros the way I have done".

"I know I have achieved the biggest heights in the sport".

"I always expect a lot from myself". I can not be more positive. "I mean, everyone was waiting for a very cold match", said the 23-year-old world No. 27.

"Everything wasn't flawless. There were a few concerns", Mladenovic said, before joking: "I made about 35 double-faults today, but everything's [okay]!" At the same time, I have a responsibility to the game itself. Still, it was clear that she was up to the task against the 11th-seeded Wozniacki, who is 26 and has been to two U.S. Open finals and yet somehow seemed the less sure of herself.

He wasted two set points in the opener.

"It is not an easy decision to make and I will see how I feel after Roland Garros and then decide what to do next".

The third-seeded Halep, who trailed 5-0 in the first set, was down 5-1 in the second. During this tournament, maybe when I finished my first-round match, I felt a little bit tight. "To beat him for the first time in the quarters of the French Open is a dream".

Thiem will now face fourteen-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal, who booked his place in the semi-finals of the French Open for the 10th time after his opponent Pablo Carreno Busta was forced retire during the last eight-clash due to an abdominal problem in the other quarter-final.


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