Novak Djokovic loses to Dominic Thiem at French Open

Novak Djokovic loses to Dominic Thiem at French Open

Novak Djokovic loses to Dominic Thiem at French Open

Djokovic, who was the defending French Open champion, will fall to No. 3 in the world rankings after his loss, per Steinberg.

"So far I have always played [a] way worse match the following day if I beat a top guy", Thiem said.

Yet to drop a set this year, Nadal will next face either Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in what is touted as the "real final", even though Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori remain in the top half of the draw.

"The last couple of tournaments I have had some great tournaments and it was unfortunate to finish Roland Garros in this way", said Djokovic.

"His career has plummeted since he won last year's French Open and now constitutes an ordeal of a passionless competitor".

"His impact will take time, it won't happen in the first week". "Obviously nothing was going my way and everything his way". Djokovic had won all five previous matches - and 11 of 12 sets - against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago. It was important to move well and hit clean, and I did that today.

"He deserved to win, he was definitely a better player on the court today", Djokovic said in his news conference after the match. I only care that I'm in the semi-finals. He started serving better and backing it up with first shot.

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Djokovic's mental and physical vulnerability was then ruthlessly exposed as Thiem took the second before emphatically sealing the third to love to take the match.

His defeat by Thiem was his first in six meetings with the young Austrian. Thiem took over after that, winning the third set in only 20 minutes.

The second-seeded Djokovic had two set points in the opener but couldn't convert either. Djokovic raised his fist to the crowd after winning a point early in the third but it was a hollow gesture.

Sixth-seed Dominic Thiem produced one of his finest displays on clay to knock holder Novak Djokovic out of the French Open on Wednesday, but the Austrian said his "toughest opponent ever" awaits in the semi-final at Roland Garros. Many Serbian fans feel that Djokovic has hit his lowest ebb since turning professional in 2003 and few were confident that he would return to the pinnacle.

Tanking is the tennis term when players deliberately choose not to focus energy or attention on a specific set. "Tank city", as John McEnroe apparently called it.

"I am very happy. That last set was really odd", McEnroe said.

"I'm grateful for the attention but there are many other players that deserve that as well". Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, hugs his opponent and compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta who withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

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