Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Novak Djokovic 'tanked' the last set, says John McEnroe

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Hilda Schwartz | 09 June, 2017, 09:31

Novak Djokovic has not ruled out taking a break from tennis after he was beaten in straight sets by Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarter-finals.

Rain postponed the men's quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on a stop-and-start day at the French Open on Tuesday.

Karolina Pliskova, the second seed, claimed a marathon first set on the way to beating the last French player remaining in singles, Caroline Garcia, 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

That helped Nadal to become the first player to enter the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time.

Paris: Rafael Nadal barely broke a sweat to reach the French Open semifinals on Wednesday as fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta quit with an injury less than an hour into their quarterfinal.

Posting his 100th best of five set claycourt win from 102 outings, Nadal spent only 51 minutes on court before his good friend Carreno Busta retired when trailing 2-6 0-2.

The men's quarterfinals on the other half of the draw later Wednesday were Murray vs. Kei Nishikori, and Stan Wawrinka vs. Marin Cilic. "Just pretty bad set".

Known for tremendous footwork and court coverage, the No. 2-seeded Serb even stumbled and tumbled to the court, his racket flying out of his hands, early in the second set.

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He said: "Trust me, I'm thinking about many things, especially in the last couple months".

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"I don't know how many games I lost this year, but I really don't care about this". "It's a big challenge but I am up for it". He will face nine-times victor Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

In a match dubbed "the final before the final", Romanian Simona Halep plays Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

"All in all", Djokovic said, "it was decided, I think, in the first set". Nadal said afterwards. "Sorry for him".

Friday's semi-final will be the fourth meeting between Nadal and Thiem this season, all of which have come on clay. Murray advanced to his fourth straight semi-final in Paris, defeating Nishikori to avenge his loss to the Japanese star at the US Open previous year.

Wawrinka is now eager to gain revenge on Andy Murray after setting up a re-match of last year's semi-final.

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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