French Open 2019: Novak Djokovic falls to Dominic Thiem in 5-set semifinal thriller

first_imgDominic Thiem ended Novak Djokovic’s hopes of holding all four majors simultaneously for the second time in his career with a hugely impressive 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 victory Saturday in their French Open semifinal.World No. 1 Djokovic was aiming to join Rod Laver as the only man in history to possess all four slams on two occasions, but he came unstuck against the intelligent Thiem in a match controversially held over from Friday because of bad weather. Thiem will now meet Rafael Nadal on Sunday in a repeat of last year’s final. French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal sweeps Roger Federer to reach 12th Paris final The top seed was in a sullen mood on Friday and, despite getting a reprieve with play suspended after Thiem broke to lead 3-1 in the third set, he maintained that demeanour on another windy day on Court Philippe-Chatrier.World No. 4 Thiem quickly surrendered his overnight advantage, but he clinched the set with a break of serve, Djokovic taking his frustrations out on chair umpire Jaume Campistol. Related News A double fault essentially gifted Djokovic the fourth set, but Thiem, who achieved great success by drawing his opponent forward, surged ahead in the fifth, though his progress was checked by a missed chance to earn a second break just before rain forced the players off for an hour.Djokovic made a strong start when the action got back under way and saved two match points to get back on serve before Diem sealed the deal at the third attempt to hand Djokovic his first defeat in a semifinal or final at a major since the 2014 US Open.HISTORY for @ThiemDomiHe becomes the first Austrian to reach multiple Grand Slam finals after defeating Djokovic 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5! #RG19 @rolandgarros— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 8, 2019Thiem saved break point in the first game of the day with a stunning forehand winner to end a rally at 23 shots, before celebrating vigorously after whipping a brilliant forehand down the line to close out the game.Djokovic restored parity and Thiem staved off another two break points – the first with a drop shot that clipped the net and fell on Djokovic’s side at the end of another great rally – before a miss from Djokovic gave Thiem a 5-4 lead.Thiem saw three set points come and go before some terrific defense and a backhand pass earned him another, which was converted when Djokovic found the net.Fifteen-time major champion Djokovic received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct and was frustrated with how early umpire Campistol was calling the score and thus starting the serve clock, but the fourth set moved in his favor following a wide backhand from Thiem.Thiem was back on level terms when a backhand looped off the net cord and lobbed Djokovic, who won the next eight points to restore his advantage at 4-2.Djokovic sent a drop shot into the net as he gave up his serve again, but a double fault from Thiem offered him a chance to serve out the set and he took it.Last year’s runner-up produced a stunning winner from the acutest of angles before failing to convert a break point in game two of the fifth set, though Djokovic dropped his next service game with an error at the net.An unfortunate bounce saw Thiem’s lob move out of Djokovic’s reach as Thiem earned another shot at breaking, but Djokovic esponded emphatically before the heavens opened and the players left the court.Djokovic managed to get back on serve when Thiem sent a lob long after the restart, but he was on the edge after three unforced errors and a double fault.Thiem failed to take two match points as he displayed nerves behind his serve in the ninth game. However, another three mistakes from Djokovic preceded a stunning forehand winner from Thiem to wrap up the match. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNDominic Thiem [4] def. Novak Djokovic [1], 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSThiem – 52/60Djokovic – 39/53ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSThiem – 4/4Djokovic – 6/4BREAK POINTS WONThiem – 9/22Djokovic – 7/12center_img French Open 2019: U.S. teen Amanda Anisimova’s run ends in semifinals FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEThiem – 69Djokovic – 75PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEThiem – 65/58Djokovic – 62/47TOTAL POINTSThiem – 167Djokovic – 159last_img

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