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Thiem stuns Djokovic to set up Nadal semi-final showdown

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Austrian tennis player Dominic Thiem upset defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the French Open, advancing to the semi-finals where he will face Rafael Nadal. Nadal progressed after fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an injury on Wednesday.

Seeded sixth in the tournament, 23-year-old Thiem won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 against Djokovic in two hours and 15 minutes.


"All in all, it was decided I think in the first set. I tried. I lost that crucial break in the beginning of the second (set), and he started serving better, backing it up with the first shot," Djokovic said.

"He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on the court today," he added.

The Serbian, who became the eighth player in tennis history to complete the Grand Slam at Roland Garros last year, is set to lose his second place in the ATP rankings for the first time in seven years, in favour of third-placed Swiss Stan Wawrinka or fourth-placed Nadal.

Nadal meanwhile was leading 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta withdrew with abdominal pain. Nadal is bidding for his 10th French Open title.

Carreno Busta, a first-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist, complained of a pain in his lower abdomen and requested assistance from the physician during the first set. The 25-year-old Spaniard finished the set by committing two consecutive double faults and after being taken care of on the court, left for a few minutes.

On his return his service was weakened, as it had been throughout the game and eventually he decided to retire after going down 0-2 in the second set. That helped Nadal to become the first player to enter the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time.