Djokovic insists not in freefall, ponders break

Carreno Busta, a first-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, complained of a pain in his lower abdomen and requested assistance from the physician during the first set.

Djokovic was runner-up at the U.S. Open but lost in the third round at Wimbledon, the first round at the Rio Olympics and the second round at the Australian Open.

Thiem, who has 22 wins in claycourt matches this year and reached finals in Barcelona and Madrid where he lost to Nadal, is the second Austrian man to reach multiple grand slam semi-finals after former French Open champion Thomas Muster.

Defending champion Djokovic was beaten in straight sets by Austria's Dominic Thiem.

"But I am trying to work on things".

He continued: "I'm not close to my best".

Ferrero, who called it a career in 2012, said something interesting: 'He is certainly very confident, he won here many times and he lost less [on clay], it makes him enter the court with an aura that others do not have.

The other semifinal match will pit top-ranked Andy Murray against 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. So I guess you've got to go through it, learn your lessons and figure out the way. "I'm feeling like I'm missing consistency", Djokovic said.

Djokovic split with Boris Becker towards the end of previous year as his number one ranking was about to disappear.

Last month he then parted company with his long-term coaching team of Marian Vajda, fitness coach Gebhard Phil Gritsch and physio Miljan Amanovic, saying he needed to try and rediscover his spark.

The result robbed the tournament of a mouth-watering semi-final match-up against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

"Don't put Andre in the midst of this". Nadal said. "I only care that I am in the semifinals".

"As I have mentioned before several times when you guys ask me about his influence and impact on my game, it's gonna take time".

"It's not something that comes out in the first week. We only spent seven days together so we will see where it takes us", he said.

"Obviously he didn't want to give me too much information when the tournament started".

"We can't tell, as players, how long we are taking".

Wednesday saw him suffer a first 6-0 "bagel" at a Slam since the 2005 US Open while the defeat will see him slip out of the world's top two for the first time in six years.

Thiem is a talented, up-and-coming player, to be sure, and he is the only man to beat Nadal in the Spaniard's 23 matches on clay in 2017.

"I'm feeling like I'm missing consistency".

  • Carolyn Briggs