All scores with Djokovic, Nadal and Murray in action
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 15:04
The 14-time time Grand Slam champion also improved his career Roland Garros win-loss record to 77-2 and could potentially finish with a 79-2 record after Sunday's final. But this continued what has become something of a 12-month downward slide for him since he finally grabbed ahold of the French Open championship he had so long sought.
The world number two was uncharacteristically flat - particularly during a third-set bagel - as he was humbled in two hours and 17 minutes.
"It's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best", Djokovic said. He won a total of eight points, only six on his serve and made 12 unforced errors. Nadal was up 6-2, 2-0 when the match was called off.
Commentating on Eurosport, McEnroe said: "It looks right now as if Djokovic doesn't want to be on the court". To put up some semblance of resistance, Djokovic rushed to the net and volleyed a victor. I'm grateful for the attention, but, you know, there are many other players that deserve that, as well. His 38th victor of the match.
Wawrinka is now eager to gain revenge on Andy Murray after setting up a re-match of last year's semi-final. Double French Open champion Jim Courier, commentating on the match, said the Serb had shown "no fight". Only last month, he had gone down 1-6, 0-6 in the semi-finals at the Rome Masters.
Thiem, though, excelled on the Parisian clay, breaking Djokovic in the third game of the first set.
Having turned pro in 2011, when the "Big Four" completely dominated the stage, Thiem has spent a lot of time in the wings.
Thiem is the only man to beat Nadal in the Spaniard's 23 matches on clay in 2017.
The world number two had demolished Thiem for the loss of just one game in Rome in April.
He got broken early on in the second set as the wind swirled around the Court Suzanne Lenglen and, after squandering a chance to break back for 3-4, the match was effectively over, with Thiem clinching the second set before taking the third to love in just 20 minutes.
"It was windy, so the timing was hard, but once I was able to get into a rhythm and keep him away from the baseline, that made the difference". But Thiem's single-handed backhand swung into action to neutralise that strategy.
But that was because fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta retired with injury when 6-2 2-0 behind. I know that I have achieved the biggest heights in this sport, and that memory and that experience gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again, although I'm aware that I'm not the only one.The world is not spinning only around me.