Djokovic blasts worst ever conditions after Paris exit

Ash Barty has been forced to wait by rain

Djokovic, 32, had been attempting to win his fourth consecutive Grand Slam trophy and repeat his exploits of 2016 when he won at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open and then in Paris. Beating Thiem again would allow Nadal to raise his Grand Slam total to 18 titles, moving him with two of Federer's record for a man.

Thiem wasted two match points with quick unforced errors when serving for the victory at 5-4 in the fifth, but he made his third chance count, smacking a forehand victor to break Djokovic in the last game. On the women's side, can Simona Halep defend her title?

Nadal will now face either Novak Djokovic or Dominic Theim in the finals of the French Open.

"I said to my team at the start of the year I was just anxious about falling over".

"But I'll try to keep all the positive emotions I'm having right now from this incredible match today, and go with a really positive mind into the match tomorrow, and then we'll see".

It will be the fourth straight day that Thiem is in action because of postponements, whereas Nadal will be well-rested, having played his quarterfinal Tuesday and his semifinal Friday, when he beat Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

More than an hour after the women's final should have started on another stormy day on Court Philippe Chatrier, fourth seed Thiem thumped a forehand victor past Djokovic to seal victory after squandering two earlier match points.

Two tight forehands thumped into the net to give Thiem a third match point and this time the Austrian hammered home a forehand to spark celebrations in his coaching box.

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Thiem said: "To play Rafa here on this court is always the ultimate challenge, one of the toughest challenges sports in general can give".

"When you're playing in hurricane kind of conditions, it's hard to perform your best", said an angry Djokovic.

"I think I surprised myself maybe how deep I got in this tournament and how well I actually was able to play throughout", he said.

Djokovic erupted furiously at the umpire and was given a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Things were looking likely to be completed ahead of the women's final but rain returned and the players went off.

Novak Djokovic's 26-match Grand Slam winning streak is on the line when he and Dominic Thiem resume their rain-suspended French Open semifinal. Nadal won that one, part of an 8-4 lead for the Spaniard in their head-to-head series.

Thiem broke to move into a 4-1 lead and then had a point to lead 5-1, which Djokovic saved with a forehand.

The German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies has become only the second team in the Open era to win the men's doubles title at the French Open on its Roland Garros debut.

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