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Dominic Thiem - Novak Djokovic
French Open men - 7 June 2017

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic live with Eurosport. The match starts at 17:00 on 7 June 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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So I guess that's about us - join me again at 2pm BST for Garcia-Pliskova and Svitolina-Halep, followed by Murray-Nishikori and Cilic-Wawrinka.

 

As for Djokovic, he disappeared pretty quickly - it'll be interesting to hear him explain that capitulation, but let's not take too much away from Thiem. No other player managed to elicit it, and it's about time we had a new challenger.

 

Thiem also notes that in the wind, it was important to hit the ball hard, and explains how difficult it is to go deep into a Slam. "And it's not getting easier on Friday."

 

So, Thiem will play Nadal next. "It's amazing for me," he says. "I had an 0-5 record against him."

 

THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 5-0 DJOKOVIC Thiem is not hanging about. He races to 30-0 and then a horrible backhand from Djokovic gives him THREE MATCH-POINTS! But Djokovic finds something and saves the first at the net. BUT THEN THIEM NAILS ANOTHER BACKHAND PASS AND HE IS IN THE SEMI-FINAL! WHAT AN AMAZING WIN, AND WHAT AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE! TEH DEFENDING CHAMPIONS IS OUT.

 

THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 5-0 DJOKOVIC One of the greatest fighters tennis has ever seen - one of the greatest fighters sport has ever seen - is searching for himself, and getting nowhere. It is very difficult to watch, except for the fact that Thiem is realising his dreams, which is amazing to watch. He breaks for the third time, and wil serve for the match shortly. I think he might just make it.

 

THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 4-0 DJOKOVIC Djokovic just hasn't recovered from losing that first set, and it's another easy hold for Thiem. There is not the slightest sign of an imminent fightback.

 

THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 3-0 DJOKOVIC Oh my. This is O-V-E-R! It's 0-40 quicksmart, then Djokovic hits long on the backhand, and, well, one doesn't to say it, but he's gawn.

 

THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 2-0 DJOKOVIC They reckon in commentary that Thiem is playing to win and Djokovic is playing not to lose; an opinion underlined when he wins the first point of the game. He then chucks in a double-fault, but a powerful service restores his advantage, there follows another quick point, then an ace, and he is absolutely flying!

 

THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 1-0 DJOKOVIC This is looking good, not only for Thiem, but for Nadal. Not only has he had most of the day off, but while he sits there in his espadrilles, he also looks set to enjoy the departure of the only man in the draw who he fears. Anyway, Djokovic rallies from 0-30 down and salutes the crowd after a huge point won with a smash, trying to get himself going. But seconds later he still has to save a break-point, only for Thiem to respond with a marvellous oblique backhand slice, hit cross-court from the baseline and dying just over the net. Whatever happens in the end, he is playing the match of his life here! Djokovic saves the ensuing break-point, though - this is a crucial juncture - only for another cross-court backhand to raise another! And this time, Thiem converts! All he has to do is hold his serve a few times, and he's hame!

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THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 DJOKOVIC: So, that is Thiem two sets up and edging towards a second Grand Slam semi-final. Here is the Thiem point that secured the first set for the Austrian.

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THIEM 7-6(5) 6-3 DJOKOVIC: Thiem is well and truly on it, here. Two outrageous winners bring up two set points for a two-set lead. He doubles the first but a tremendous wide serve sees Djokovic prod his return into the net. The 2016 champion is in real trouble here.

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THIEM 7-6(5) 5-3 DJOKOVIC: Djokovic holds to love and this is now a huge game for Thiem. Can he serve it out?

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THIEM 7-6(5) 5-2 DJOKOVIC: There is that resilience from Djokovic, though. He manages to construct a break point but Thiem defends it. It is illustrative of the match as whole that whenever the pair go toe-to-toe, the younger man comes out on top. He thunders down a forehand winner to claim the game.

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THIEM 7-6(5) 4-2 DJOKOVIC: Djokovic holds to 15 but he still remains unsure – and his starting position seems just a that few yards further back than usual.

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THIEM 7-6(5) 4-1 DJOKOVIC: Thiem holds to love and all the momentum is with the 23-year-old.

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THIEM 7-6(5) 3-1 DJOKOVIC: Djokovic on the board in the second. He holds to 15 but this is looking increasingly bleak for the reigning champion. He has hit six unforced errors in the second set already and just two winners.

 

Thiem plunders another point after huge rally

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THIEM 7-6(5) 3-0 DJOKOVIC: “It is embarrassingly one-sided,” says Eurosport commentator Simon Reed. And it is hard to argue as Thiem holds to love.

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DOMINIC THIEM 7-6(5) 2-0 NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Another double from Djokovic brings up a break opportunity for Thiem. However, while Thiem’s power continues to trouble the Serbian, the world number two continues to dig deep but it is not enough. Thiem shows great athleticism and no little guile to get to a Djokovic drop shot and return in kind to claim the break.

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THIEM 7-6(5) 1-0 DJOKOVIC: Thiem makes a solid enough start to the second set, holding to 30. However, Djokovic’s inconsistency – particularly on his backhand side – must be a concern. He now has 18 unforced errors and counting.

 

THIEM 7-6(5) DJOKOVIC: Djokovic may very well be the greatest returner of all time but Thiem is generating some ferocious power that the world number two is struggling to contend with. The wind is causing both players grief but Djokovic’s 17th unforced error hands his opponent the set.

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THIEM 6-6 DJOKOVIC: After just over an hour of play, we have a tie-break to decide the first set. Thiem has won their only previous tie-break at the World Tour Finals back in 2016.

 

Thiem thumps backhand down the line

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THIEM 5-5 DJOKOVIC: Some terrific defence from Djokovic brings up set point but Thiem defends it, and a further break and set point to stay in the first stanza. That is a big hold psychologically.

 

THIEM 4-5 DJOKOVIC: An easy hold to love from Djokovic, who, now with the wind behind him, is one game away from taking the first set.

 

THIEM 4-4 DJOKOVIC: Easy hold from Thiem, who takes it to 15. Djokovic goes long to hand the game to his opponent.

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THIEM 3-4 DJOKOVIC: Now it is Djokovic’s time to produce a sloppy service game – he throws down two doubles as he allows the 23-year-old straight back in. The world number two bounces his racket off the ground in frustration.

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THIEM 2-4 DJOKOVIC: A pretty poor showing from Thiem in game six of the first set. Having pushed Djokovic to the limit in the previous game, he tamely gets broken to 15. 10 unforced thus far from the Austrian.

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THIEM 2-3 DJOKOVIC: The battle for early supremacy continues on Suzanne-Lenglen. Some of the defensive tennis on show is mind-boggling. Thiem finding some tremendous angles but the world number two almost always manages to find an answer. Djokovic manages to hold after six deuces.

 

DOMINIC THIEM 2-2 NOVAK DJOKOVIC: That is poor from Thiem. He immediately relinquishes his advantage as he nets a backhand at 15-40. At this level, against this calibre of player, he has to consolidate.

 

THIEM 2-1 DJOKOVIC: Thiem races into a 40-0 lead but Djokovic defends the three break points. However, Thiem makes no mistake with the fourth on offer, coming out on top of a baseline war. Some incredible hitting.

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THIEM 1-1 DJOKOVIC: Djokovic looks to get on the front foot with some aggressive hitting, but, with the wind picking up, Djokovic misjudges a couple and the Austrian holds.

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THIEM 0-1 DJOKOVIC: Thiem comes from 40-15 to deuce as the pair exchange from the baseline. However the world number two holds after the Austrian goes long with a forehand.

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In short, this will be two baseliners going head to head.

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However, Djokovic dismantled the Austrian in semi-final in Rome and beat him in the last four at Roland Garros last year. The world number two has won all five of their previous meetings but Thiem has the tools to challenge the elite – and shares many of the attributes that have served Djokovic so well. Thiem has won six of his eight ATP titles on clay.

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Thiem, 23, reached the semi-final stage at Roland Garros last year, and has been on fine form on clay this season. He made the final of both the Barcelona and Madrid Opens, but lost to Rafa Nadal in both. However, he beat the nine-time French Open winner at the quarter-final stage of the Italian Open.

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Hello and welcome to our game-by-game coverage of the quarter-final between Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic on Suzanne-Lenglen.