Terrific Thiem beats Djokovic in straight sets

Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of Roland Garros, beaten 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Wednesday’s quarter-final against World No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria.

The World No. 2 and defending champion tanked in the third set to hand Thiem his first ever win over the Serbian.

Djokovic was already looking vulnerable in the first set, which he took to a tie-break but eventually handed to Thiem with a poor backhand into the net, losing it 5-7 with his 17th unforced error.

After relinquishing another break early in the second set, a backhand error eventually saw Djokovic lose the set 6-3, as the Serb tried but failed to mount a comeback.

Any sense of a remarkable comeback soon dissipated as the Serbian got overpowered in the third set, with Thiem breaking his serve almost at will to race to a remarkable victory.

As well as Thiem played, Djokovic’s performance was a poor one. He gave away a total of 35 unforced errors during the match, constantly putting himself under pressure as a result.

“It’s amazing for me,” Thiem said after the win. “Before I had a 0-5 head-to-head against him. It was a dream.

“It was a little bit tricky today, there was wind and it was colder than previous days.

“It’s amazing how difficult it is to go deep in a grand slam because you have to play the best guys round after round and it’s not getting easier on Friday

That leaves Thiem facing a semi-final against Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay in his natural habitat, but the Austrian is still the only person to have beaten Nadal on clay in 2017.

The defeat also means that Djokovic will slip to No. 3 in the rankings.

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