'16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters

Posted June 09, 2017

Reiterating his healthy routine, Djokovic, who is now in Paris for the prestigious French Open, said that he hasn't dined on meat since 2015. The Austrian then pushed forward, taking the next two sets 6-3, 6-0 and forcing Djokovic to confront a lost set and match for the first time in the tournament.

Nadal beat the Austrian to lift the trophy in both Madrid and Barcelona, but Thiem exacted a measure of revenge with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the 31-year-old at the Rome Masters.

The defeat means Djokovic, 29, has now surrendered all his majors having become the first man since 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles at the same time after triumphing at Roland Garros in 2016.

The 23-year-old Thiem next faces nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who advanced when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta stopped while trailing 6-2, 2-0 after injuring an abdominal muscle late in the first set.

When quizzed if he could put his feet up for a while, the former world No.1 said: "Trust me, I'm thinking about many things, especially in the last couple months. Novak looked out of balance, uncomfortable, conditions were tough but usually that should favour the better player, the more experienced player". "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".

"It's a big challenge but I am up for it", said Djokovic. So I guess you've got to go through it, learn your lessons and figure out the way. Thiem erased the first with a forehand volley and the other with a service victor that prompted Djokovic to roll his eyes. I've played three times with Dominic [this year]. Nadal said afterwards. "Sorry for him".

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Djokovic's backhand really let him down in the tiebreaker: All seven points won by Thiem ended with that stroke.

Making matters worse for Nishikori, he was broken immediately after breaking Murray to begin the fourth.

Thiem caused the upset of the tournament on Wednesday when he knocked defending champion Novak Djokovic out in straight sets to line up a last-four clash with the "King of Clay".

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

Wawrinka improved to 12-2 career against Cilic.