Djokovic surrenders in French Open quarter-finals

By Means Of PARIS

When the time comes, proud champions are supposed to relinquish their crowns after fighting and snarling to the remaining second. Novak Djokovic effectively waved the white flag, bowing out of the French Open with a whimper on Wednesday.

The 30-yr-old Serb, who has prevailed in some of the recreation’s epic battles as a way to 12 main titles, was once barely recognizable as he capitulated in a 7-6(5) 6-Three 6-0 defeat Through Austrian Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.

After squandering two set factors in the opener on a blustery Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic’s renowned combating spirit ebbed away fast and he surrendered the 0.33 set in 20 minutes.

The Result used to be the entire extra exceptional as in five earlier fits with the 23-year-old he had misplaced one set and remaining month thrashed him 6-1 6-0 in Rome — a end result that urged Djokovic had discovered his mojo, lacking considering the fact that he gained the French a yr ago.

Sixth seed Thiem, who to be honest performed fantastically in the first set however should have notion he was going through a Djokovic impersonator thereafter, is but to drop a suite at this 12 months’s event however his next activity is a frightening one.

“It does not get any more straightforward,” Thiem, overwhelmed By Means Of Djokovic in ultimate year’s semi-closing, stated on Court Docket when requested to comment on the chance of facing favorite Rafa Nadal within the semis.

Whereas Thiem’s phase in Djokovic’s downfall will have to not be overlooked, it used to be the Serbian world number two’s astounding crumple that used to be the talk of Roland Garros.

Double French Open champion Jim Courier, commentating on the healthy, said the Serb had proven ‘no fight’.


That was once undoubtedly real after the primary set as Djokovic, whose new coach Andre Agassi had already flown residence, regarded misplaced and listless, misfiring a succession of lame backhands.

“Obviously nothing was once going my method and the whole thing his manner. Just pretty unhealthy set,” said Djokovic, who cut up with his lengthy-term training crew remaining month and introduced quickly earlier than the French he could be working with eight-occasions main winner Agassi.

“It was determined I Believe within the first set as of late. I Tried. I misplaced that an important damage in the beginning of the second, and he began serving higher, backing it up with the first shot. He deserved to win. He was once indubitably the simpler participant.”

It was once Djokovic’s first defeat ahead of the semi-finals in Paris given that 2010 when he was additionally overwhelmed Via an Austrian, Juergen Melzer in the quarter-finals.

The Chance signs were already there within the early levels when Thiem broke the Djokovic serve within the third sport. Then Again, Djokovic replied to break back twice in a row, only to drop his own serve at 4-2 with a forehand error.

Djokovic piled on the force when Thiem served at 4-5 and he had his man in bother at 15-Forty. Thiem saved the first set level with a volley, then pressured a backhand error on the 2nd.

The tiebreak was once nip and tuck with a succession of points towards the serve but Thiem took it when Djokovic shovelled a good-looking backhand into the web.

Djokovic dropped serve at the beginning of the second set and the anticipated backlash never materialized as Thiem marched towards the closing 4 with sudden ease.

Djokovic raised his fist to the gang after profitable a point early within the 1/3 however it used to be a hollow gesture.

He did keep one in shape point however was already strolling toward the net to shake fingers when Thiem sent a backhand fizzing prior him a few seconds later.

Thiem, who has 22 wins in claycourt fits this year and reached finals in Barcelona and Madrid the place he lost to Nadal, is the 2nd Austrian man to succeed in multiple grand slam semi-finals after former French Open champion Thomas Muster.

(Reporting By Julien Pretot; Modifying By Way Of Ken Ferris)

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