Thiem stuns champion Djokovic at French Open

Novak Djokovic admits that he played worse than he ever expected during his stunning straight-sets defeat to Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarter-finals.

Djokovic has not been at his best for a while now, winning just two titles in the last 12 months, and Wednesday's loss against Thiem means that the Serb will next week crash out of the top two of men's tennis rankings for the first time in the last five-and-half years. "Obviously, nothing was going my way and everything his way", Djokovic said. Nonetheless, the way he fell in the quarterfinals - a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 drubbing to Dominic Thiem - was shocking.

The world No. 4 was thumping Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 2-0 on Philippe-Chatrier when his compatriot was forced to pull out.

Top-ranked Andy Murray and 2015 French champ Stan Wawrinka made it through their quarterfinals Wednesday. At the same time, I have a responsibility to the game itself, towards others.

As he signed off from the press conference, Djokovic suggested that it would be good for the tennis world in general if we stopped focusing so much on him, and started paying more attention to the young guns.

The loss marks Djokovic's fourth consecutive Grand Slam without a victory, an uncharacteristic drought for the 12-time major champion. All the top players have been through [it].

- World number one Andy Murray used his aggressive groundstrokes to win the second set 6-1 against Kei Nishikori to level the match after an hour and 15 minutes of play.

Novak Djokovic says he is trying all he can as he attempts to arrest a slump that has left him on his longest run without a Grand Slam title since 2014.

"I felt when I served with 5-2 (in the first set)".

Nadal reached the semi-finals after fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew from their match with an abdominal injury while trailing 2-6 0-2.

"It's unfortunate to finish at Roland Garros the way I did today".

After a gruelling first set which Thiem won 7-6 in 73 minutes, Djokovic lost the third in just 20, winning only eight points. "It's a big challenge but I am up for it", said Djokovic.

Nishikori didn't give Murray a look in, in the opening set but Murray found his resolve and with the match poised on a knife-edge going into the third set tiebreak, Nishikori lost his poise.

In women's matches Wednesday, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova reached the semifinals.

Since Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the Roland Garros final a year ago, he suffered a third round loss at Wimbledon. "It is said that there were conversations with some coaches who will support him, but this has to happen fast and not during Wimbledon, because Djokovic has to take advantage of the next three or four weeks to come back". "I only care that I am in the semi-finals", said Nadal.

However, unforced errors, including two double-faults, by Djokovic in the seventh game helped Thiem to even things.

Without undermining Thiem: Novak Djokovic is officially in crisis mode.

"I was not only exhausted from the match against Rafa in Rome, but also from before and from the week in Madrid".

Pliskova reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, but the Czech player had never been past the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances.

  • Julie Sanders