Rafael Nadal wary of Dominic Thiem's 'huge potential'

Taylor Byrd
June 9, 2017

World number one Novak Djokovic has never triumphed in Paris.

Halep advanced to the semifinals after saving a match point, beating Elena Svitolina 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0.

Austrian Dominic Thiem celebrates his win over defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Before Wednesday's win Djokovic had dropped just one set in five meetings with Thiem, and brushed aside the 23-year-old easily in last year's Roland Garros semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal marched into the semi-finals of the 2017 French Open Wednesday after fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta retired midway through the second set of their quarter-finals match.

Murray and Wawrinka booked their meeting after the Brit overcame a defensive start to defeated No. 8 seed Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1, and the No. 3 Wawrinka rolled past No. 7 Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. "Just pretty bad set".

"Obviously I love this sport".

I'm very surprised - especially with the way how it ended.

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"But I am just trying to sense what is the best thing for me right now".

"All in all, it was decided I think in the first set", Djokovic said after the two-hour, 15-minute match.

The Serb was on the ropes and was broken in the first game of the third set as Thiem edged closer to avenging his semi-final loss previous year. Thiem erased the first with a forehand volley and the other with a service victor that prompted Djokovic to roll his eyes. "If I play well, I hope that I will be able to book my spot in the final". I have to get through it and learn the lessons and come back stronger.

He will be playing in his 10th semi-final in Paris and has made it having lost just 22 games through five matches.

Djokovic squandered two set points in the opening set.

"He's played fantastic this tournament so far", Murray said of the 32-year-old, the oldest Roland Garros semi-finalist since Jimmy Connors in 1985.

In the mixed-doubles semi-finals on Wednesday, seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna of India and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada will take on third seeds Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.

Wawrinka's lone worrying moment resulted when he nearly turned an ankle near the net in the last game against Cilic.

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