Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal in Roland Garros final


Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the French Open on Friday and as a result of this win, the Spaniard has entered the finals, keeping the hopes alive for his 12th Roland Garros title. Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after his semifinal match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. "It was my first five-set match at Roland Garros so it was a good one to have", said Thiem after the four hour 13-minute match which was played over two days.

Djokovic, 32, had been attempting to win his fourth consecutive Grand Slam trophy and repeat his exploits of 2016 when he won at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and then in Paris.

"All the time, if someone reaches the finals here, it's against Rafa", Thiem said with a laugh.

Krawietz and Mies played their first top-level event together at Wimbledon a year ago.

Djokovic was frustrated by the "hurricane" winds during his defeat by Thiem, expressing his confusion why the match was not suspended earlier on Friday.

Djokovic got straight into his groove and broke back in the third game of the day.

With the bulk of crowd support behind him, Thiem dug deep and stretched to a 4-1 lead in the decider as Djokovic's error count at the net piled up. He's barely been tested in this year's tournament, losing just one set.

The pair were level at one set apiece, with Thiem leading 3-1 in the third when the players left the court.

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The 15-times Grand Slam champion regained his composure to break serve twice in the fourth set but on both occasions, the attacking Thiem hit back immediately.

The decision to postpone the match was widely thought to have been in Djokovic's favour but Thiem was also happy, saying: "Conditions were very, very tough yesterday".

There was another rain delay midway through the fifth set after it resumed on Saturday.

Djokovic's usually clinical game was thrown out of kilter by the conditions and the match included some freakish points with the ball making wicked deviations in flight as the remnants of Storm Miguel made mischief.

Serving at 15-all while down 6-5 in the third set, Djokovic was agitated by a warning from chair umpire Jaume Campistol for letting the serve clock expire.

The 25-year-old will need to show the same fighting spirit, physical resilience and tactical astuteness that he did against Djokovic while trying to cut out the nervous moments, such as the two match points he let slip away at 5-3 in a wild deciding set.

Now, Calvert has broken down Nadal vs. Thiem, combining detailed statistical analysis and his years covering the sport to produce three best bets on this titanic matchup. "Somehow I had the feeling that I had the lead in the whole match".