Huge upset as Novak Djokovic falls to Dominic Thiem

PARIS FRANCE – JUNE 4: Jelena Ostapenko at the 2017 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

PARIS FRANCE – JUNE 4: Jelena Ostapenko at the 2017 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Rain postponed the men's quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on a stop-and-start day at the French Open on Tuesday.

Svitolina won the first set 6-3 and raced into a 5-1 lead in the second before Halep bounced back and took the second 7-6 (6).

"Austrian sixth seed Thiem is the only man to beat Nadal on clay this year - his Rome quarter-final success offsetting losses in the final in Barcelona and Madrid".

A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in almost a half-century to claim a fourth consecutive major championship and completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals for the 10th time when Pablo Carreno Busta retired from their match because of injury.

Yet to drop a set this year, Nadal will next face either Djokovic or Dominic Thiem in what is touted as the "real final", even though Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori remain in the top half of the draw. "Just pretty bad set".

"He was dictating all the points in the first set, making me move a lot".

"Trust me, I'm thinking about many things", he said.

"I'm grateful for the attention but there are many other players that deserve that as well. I'm feeling like I'm missing consistency", Djokovic said.

"So what is being said is positive, but maybe I won't be up to the challenge".

"I mean, it's a joke how tough it is to win a Slam", said Thiem, the only player who beat Nadal in one of his 23 clay-court matches this season. Their last meeting on that surface was in last year's French Open semifinals, a four-set win for Murray. Novak Djokovic effectively waved the white flag, bowing out of the French Open with a whimper on Wednesday.

He wasted two set points in the opener. Murray advanced to his fourth straight semi-final in Paris, defeating Nishikori to avenge his loss to the Japanese star at the US Open past year.

The 27-year-old player will now play unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who stunned Danish 11 seed Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 for a place in the semi-finals.

Djokovic, whose struggles with form since a third-round exit at last year's Wimbledon have been well documented, had made a steady start at Roland Garros this year with Andre Agassi in his box for the first time.

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