Nadal into a 10th French Open semi-final

Doug Mendoza
June 9, 2017

They will face either 16th-seeded Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or Ryan Harrison of the United States and Michael Venus of New Zealand.

The women's final will be Halep vs. Ostapenko. "I won in Barcelona, Madrid, and I lost to him in Rome", said Nadal, who is attempting to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam. "That last set was really odd", McEnroe said in commentary. "I was also struggling the beginning of the second as well, managed to make some adjustments, changed a few things and got myself back into the match". Match over. French Open title defense over.

The second-seeded Czech fended off three break points on her way to claiming the second set 6-3, clinching it with a forehand victor on her second set point.

Wednesday's defeat to Thiem was Djokovic's first straight-sets loss at a major in four years and comes just 12 months after he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris.

The second-seeded Djokovic had two set points in the opener but couldn't convert either.

"It's a fact that I'm not playing close to my best, and I know that", Djokovic told the Associated Press after his first straight-set loss at a major since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

Wawrinka said: "I think he's probably a bit less confident".

The now retired Ivanovic was present at Roland Garros on Thursday and was honored by the French tennis federation in a ceremony after the first semifinal. Pliskova beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Nishikori didn't give Murray a look in, in the opening set but Murray found his resolve and with the match poised on a knife-edge going into the third set tiebreak, Nishikori lost his poise. And Thiem then took the second set 6-3.

Nadal into a 10th French Open semi-final

The danger signs were already there in the early stages when the sixth seed broke the Djokovic serve in the third game, but Djokovic responded to break back twice in a row, only to drop his own serve at 4-2 with a forehand error. Djokovic was left on his knees, and soon he would be out of the tournament entirely. I think when things aren't going well, it's very easy to overthink things.

In 2017, he has won only one title in Qatar.

No. 7 Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10. He's very powerful on both sides. She double-faulted on match point to hand Bopanna and Dabrowski the victory.

Thiem is the second Austrian man to reach multiple grand slam semi-finals after former French Open champion Thomas Muster.

Yesterday at a windy Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways, even before the 20-minute third set, in which he won only eight of 34 points.

"Thiem is a tough player", said Nadal.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic might be cold during their French Open quarterfinals.

The other semifinal match will pit top-ranked Andy Murray against 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka. The world number four has been hitting his signature shot with familiar power and accuracy this fortnight to cruise into the semi-finals. "Rafa's had a great clay-court season, as has Thiem". But I am trying to work on things. Pliskova will next play either No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania or No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

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