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Dominic Thiem dump Novak Djokovic out of French Open

Dominic Thiem stunned defending champion Novak Djokovic to set up a French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Dominic Thiem stunned defending champion Novak Djokovic

Thiem showed why he is one of the most exciting young talents in the game, blasting 38 winners in a stunning 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-0 victory.

But Djokovic looked a shadow of the player who won here 12 months ago to become the first man since 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time.

The Serbian virtually gave up in the third set in what was a shocking end to his title defence.

The result was all the more remarkable given Thiem won just a single game the last time they met at the Italian Open in Rome three weeks ago.

He had only won one set in all their five previous meetings and lost easily to Djokovic here in the last four 12 months ago.

But that was a very different Djokovic. Even if it was clear something was still missing during his earlier rounds, no one would have expected the match to go quite like this.

Djokovic led 4-2 in what was a brutally physical first set lasting 73 minutes but played a poor game to hand Thiem the break back, serving two double faults.

Djokovic then had two chances to take the set at 15-40 on Thiem’s serve in the 10th game but the 23-year-old saved them both in convincing fashion.

Conditions were cool and windy, with the court playing slow, but Djokovic could not blame that for the three awful backhands he played to give away the tie-break.

It was another sign that the Serbian is still searching for the mental and physical resilience that made him such an immovable force.

Thiem was showing all his considerable skills, flashing backhand winners down the line and punishing Djokovic with his heavy forehand.

Thiem have set a French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal

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