Thiem stuns Djokovic, sets date with Nadal in French Open semis
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 18:59
Djokovic's struggles with his game deepened as the match wore on, making some uncharacteristic unforced errors, while Thiem was expertly constructing points, and things got worse for the 12-time Grand Slam victor in the third, as he was bageled in just 23 minutes.
That is one more than his best-ever record over four rounds, set here in 2012.
Nadal next faces another Spaniard, Pablo Carreno Busta, who finally clinched an epic 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 8-6 victory over fifth seed Milos Raonic on his seventh match point.
"Obviously never losing to a player always helps mentally a little bit, but I don't think it's going to play too big of a role", Djokovic said after his win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the fourth round.
The Serb also confirmed that coach Andre Agassi had, as planned, already left Paris.
Nadal destroyed his opponent on Court Suzanne Lenglen to move into the quarter- finals and one step closer to a 10th Roland Garros crown.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal surged into the French Open quarterfinals for a record-equalling 11th time on Sunday, while reigning women's title-holder Garbine Muguruza crashed out in the last 16.
The eighth-seeded Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday, but was clearly struggling with a wrist injury and had also had treatment on his back as the 21-year-old Chung rallied.
"I think they are, here and [in] the United Kingdom, trying to do everything they can to keep the security at the highest level, and I think here they are doing a good job".
While the pair have met five times in their history, with Djokovic winning all of them, it was the semi-finals previous year which the former world no.1 can use to his advantage.
"At the same time, I have a responsibility towards the game itself and to others, so we will see".
American John Isner was knocked out in his third-round match by Russian giant Karen Khachanov, who won 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3).
The French 13th seed is through to just her second Slam quarterfinal - after the 2015 US Open - and will Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the last four. It was a hard beginning of match for the World No. 2, who said: 'Just didn't start off the blocks the way I wanted.
Whoever comes out on top will then likely face a semi-final battle against Nadal, with the nine-time victor undoubtedly grateful he'll only have to face one of his two greatest challengers at Roland Garros.