Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for title

Gone With The Wind As Novak Djokovic Dominic Thiem Blown Off Course At Roland Garros

But Thiem regrouped. It was Djokovic who faltered - and who lost, something he hadn't done on a Grand Slam stage since the 2018 French Open quarterfinals.

"It was an fantastic experience last year and of course I'll try everything to be better this year".

Tickets for the women's final between Ashleigh Barty and Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova will include the conclusion of the Djokovic match against Thiem, and Croft told Eurosport: "It feels as though everything they did in terms of trying to sell those sessions separately has actually totally backfired in many ways". The world No 1 is one of few players to get under the skin of Nadal, but on Saturday, it was the Austrian who was proving an irritant of Djokovic's - him and the French Open officials.

The lack of focus drifted into his play, too, including a serve-and-volley attempt that handed that set to Thiem.

Djokovic was still miffed that his semi-final with Thiem even started on Friday in the gale-force winds on Philippe Chatrier Court when he reflected in his press conference after losing in five sets.

"I think it's really important that I go into the match with the belief to win", he said.

"Obviously, when you're playing in hurricane-like conditions it's hard to play your best". As it transpired the tournament was hasty in doing so, because the rain did not come and they could have come back out and played on for around an hour.

"I didn't know that an umbrella is not a flying object, which flew in the first game of the match".

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Thiem double-faulted at 5-5 to gift Djokovic another break of serve and this time the Serbian made it stick to take the match into a deciding set.

And that allowed Djokovic right back in, saving two match points and breaking again to continue the contest at 5-5 after a vocal Djokovic served out. Usually great at problem solving on the court, Djokovic's decision to continue with rushing to the net was baffling.

The final set was an epic in itself.

In gusty winds Thiem's powerful groundstrokes helped him dominate the first set and Djokovic was in trouble early in the second when he fended off a break point.

3 - The 11 titles Nadal has at Roland Garros is already three more than any male player holds at a single grand slam tournament.

As the drop shots accumulated, Djokovic comfortably got to one of Thiem's but pushed his forehand long.

Thiem leads 4-1 in the fifth.

It looked all over when Thiem got to 40-15 in the next game, but from having two match points he then completely subsided himself, flunking the next four points. He earned a third match point when, unable to tackle Thiem's one-handed backhand, Djokovic sent a limp forehand into the net.

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