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French Open 2019 Semifinals Highlights: Nadal Beats Federer, Djokovic vs Thiem to Continue on Saturday

News18.com | June 7, 2019, 11:34 PM IST
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Novak Djokovic's Roland Garros semi-final clash with Dominic Thiem was halted for the day in the third set on Friday due to deteriorating weather conditions. Austrian fourth seed Thiem led 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 against the world number one when the players left Court Philippe Chatrier. The semi-final will resume at 1000GMT (3:30 PM IST) on Saturday, organisers said.

The winner will play Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, after the 11-time champion beat old rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 earlier on Friday.
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Jun 7, 2019 9:59 pm (IST)

That Is That - Play Called Off For The Day

The news coming in from Paris is that there will no more play today due to deteriorating weather conditions. The semi-final will continue on Saturday from 3:30 PM IST.

Jun 7, 2019 9:51 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic's Roland Garros semi-final clash with Dominic Thiem was halted by rain during the third set on Friday, after strong winds had also played havoc with the match.

Austrian fourth seed Thiem led 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 against the world number one when the players left Court Philippe Chatrier.

The semi-final had earlier been briefly suspended due to a shower, but the second time the rains came the court had to be covered.

The winner will play Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, after the 11-time champion beat old rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 earlier on Friday.

Jun 7, 2019 9:48 pm (IST)

While others struggle, this man thrives. Dominic Thiem everyone. 

P.S.- There is no update yet on when the match will resume. 

Jun 7, 2019 9:37 pm (IST)

Roger Federer raced to the nets to receive the ball early but was thwarted in his efforts by the height of the return from Rafael Nadal. He failed as the wind at the Stade Roland Garros swirled around him, the dust were blowing into his eyes. Federer channeled his emotion by sending the reserve ball out of the court. Nadal broke Federer's serve for the second time in the game, the Swiss ace lost his cool and lashed out in anger.

Jun 7, 2019 9:27 pm (IST)

As Dominic Thiem looked to get back to his own after being pegged back in the second set against a resilient Novak Djokovic, the rain returns and we wait. 

Djokovic will not mind the rain as he can get his concentration back, while Thiem would be looking up at the clouds thinking why now... why me?

Jun 7, 2019 9:26 pm (IST)
 

Dominic Thiem holds his serve in the third game. As Novak Djokovic took over serving duties, Thiem was pushed back with two back-to-back with unforced errors. Thiem then fought back with log rallies as Djokovic tried his best to hold serve. 

Meanwhile in the mixed doubles,

Jun 7, 2019 9:00 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic fends off a stiff challenge from Dominic Thiem to hold his serve and level up the third set. Thiem hit the forehand long to give the decisive point to Djokovic and the Serb can breath a sigh of relief after making a couple of crucial mistakes in that particular game.

Set 3: Djokovic 1-1 Thiem

Djokovic is tied at 1-1 with Thiem in the match

Jun 7, 2019 8:57 pm (IST)

WHAT A POINT! Dominic Thiem slices the ball ever so sweetly to stump Novak Djokovic in that rally. Djokovic was on top at all times. Thiem had to defend hard early on but he stayed in the rally and kept looping the balls back only to slice beautifully to earn the point. Gorgeous tennis that!

Jun 7, 2019 8:55 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem completes a comfortable sevice hold at the start of the third set. Thiem's level dropped a little at the end of the second set and Novak Djokovic made the best of the opportunity he sensed. Thiem and Djokovic will have to keep their levels right up at all times to escape from the sniff of the other.

Set 3: Thiem leads Djokovic 1-0

Djokovic is tied at 1-1 with Thiem in the match

Jun 7, 2019 8:51 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic is right back in the match as he takes the second set vs Dominic Thiem 6-3 in 35 minutes. The rain break helped Novak Djokovic work out his strategy better while it seemed to disrupt Thiem's rhythm. This match just got heated up!

Djokovic tied at 1-1 with Thiem in the match

Jun 7, 2019 8:47 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic Breaks Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem has finally blinked and it seems like the rain delay turned out to be favourable for Novak Djokovic. He has come out on the court strong and breaks Thiem emphatically. Djokovic is now coming towards the net a little and trying to disrupt Thiem's rhythm. Djokovic will now serve for the set.

Set 2: Djokovic leads Thiem 5-3

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:44 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic gets another comfortable hold in the second set. This is fast becoming an exchange - both players holding their serves comfortably. Who is going to blink first?

Set 2: Djokovic leads Thiem 4-3

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:40 pm (IST)

Back in Play!

The rain did not stop the play for too long and neither did Dominic Thiem feel any brunt of the stoppage of play. He comes back on court and does exactly what he was doing before the rain - hold his serve with ease.

Set 2: Djokovic 3-3 Thiem

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:28 pm (IST)

Paris had the forecast of shower and thunderstorm later in the day and the rain has now come down to disrupt the semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem. The semi-final is now delayed!

Set 2: Djokovic leads Thiem 3-2

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:24 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic holds his serve well to take a 3-2 lead in the second set. It looks like the Serb is finding his feet in the match but breaching Thiem's serve is still turning out to be tough. It is the spin and swerve of the Austrian that Djokovic is unable to decode so far.

Set 2: Djokovic 3-2 Thiem

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:20 pm (IST)

Another love service hold for Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic is really struggling to breach Thiem's serve. The Austrian is too strong at the moment and with the top spin he generates on those lofty balls that he plays, Djokovic is struggling to not throw it out or into the net. This is some showing from Thiem.

Set 2: Djokovic 2-2 Thiem

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:17 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic is made to work really hard by Dominic Thiem in his service game once again but the Serb holds off the storm to keep hold of his serve and go back in the lead in the second set. Thiem will have to come out and level this up once more.

Set 2: Djokovic leads Thiem 2-1

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:11 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem is challenged a little in this particular service with Djokovic scoring two points off his serve but Thiem plays with surity and shows some excellent, hard shot-making to hold his serve. The pressure of the semi-final remains on Djokovic as of now.

Set 2: Djokovic 1-1 Thiem

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:08 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic holds his serve in the second set to love to take a 1-0 lead. The Serb needs to have a good start to this set and in fact, take this one to get himself back in the match. So far, Thiem has been solid.

Set 2: Djokovic leads Thiem 1-0

Thiem leads the match 1-0

Jun 7, 2019 8:07 pm (IST)

That was an emphatic set victory from Dominic Thiem, he takes the first set 6-2. Novak Djokovic was all over the place, struggling to even get his balance right. Thiem, on the other hand, played extremely smart and solid to completely outplay the world No.1.

After going a double break down, Djokovic even complained to the tournament director that he felt the wind was interfering too much with his play but he was asked to carry on.

Jun 7, 2019 8:00 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem Gets Double Break over Novak Djokovic

Dominic Thiem has absolutely broken the back of Novak Djokovic. He gets a double break over the world No.1 and in some fashion. Thiem broke Djokovic to love and will now be serving for the set.

Set 1: Thiem leads Djokovic 5-2

Jun 7, 2019 7:55 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic holds his serve to close the gap with Dominic Thiem. However, with the break in the bag Thiem might now just concentrate on holding his own serve to take the set. Djokovic will have to find his way through Thiem's serve to get himself back. So far, Thiem has held his serve comfortable at all times.

Set 1: Thiem leads Djokovic 3-2

Jun 7, 2019 7:50 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem backs up the break with a comfortable service hold to love. Thiem has looked very assured and solid so far, pegging back Djokovic early on. It is the flight that Thiem puts behind the ball and his variation that is troubling the world No.1 at the moment.

Set 1: Thiem leads Djokovic 3-1

Jun 7, 2019 7:45 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem Breaks Novak Djokovic

Dominic Thiem has broken world No.1 Novak Djokovic early on in the first set. This has been a pattern with Thiem over the past couple of weeks in Paris - he comes out all guns blazing early on to take an early advantage over his opponents. Sustainence will be the key here for him if he is beat Djokovic in a five-set scenario.

Set 1: Thiem leads Djokovic 2-1

Jun 7, 2019 7:41 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem holds his serve comfortably to level up the first game. Thiem will fancy his chances against Djokovic after trumping him on this very surface last year. Djokovic, however, is a far stronger player right now than he was at this time in 2018. This is set to be a close battle!

Set 1: Djokovic 1-1 Thiem

Jun 7, 2019 7:37 pm (IST)

That is a dominant start to the match from Novak Djokovic. He holds his serve to love and Dominic Thiem, despite trading a few blows, was outdone by a solid Djokovic in this first game of the semi-final.

Dominic Thiem to serve next.

Jun 7, 2019 7:36 pm (IST)

Novak Djokovic serve starts the semi-final against Dominic Thiem. The winner of this match will meet Rafael Nadal in the final, who beat Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Thiem played the Roland Garros final against Nadal last year.

Jun 7, 2019 7:33 pm (IST)

Winning or losing, Roger Federer has fans that never leave him. Despite Rafael Nadal being the 11-time Roland Garros champion, there was a lot of cheer and backing for Federer in the French capital and that only shows the legend of the Swiss.

Jun 7, 2019 7:32 pm (IST)

Djokovic and Thiem are both on court. The toss is done and the two are now just warming up to the big match. This match was preceeded by a Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal battle, which the Spaniard easily won 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Djokovic leads Thiem 6-2 in their career head-to-head record even though both of Thiem's wins have come on clay. Thiem first beat Djokovic in Monte Carlo Masters last year and then in the French Open 2018 quarter-final.

Is this revenge time for Djokovic?

Jun 7, 2019 7:29 pm (IST)

Dominic Thiem is looking to reach his second straight Roland Garros final after he was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the final last year. Thiem is often referred to the Prince of Clay and this is his natural surface. Thiem, however, dropped a set each in his first three rounds but has shown a much powerful performance in the pre-quarters and quarter-final. It will be interesting to see if Thiem can stop a fit-Djokovic juggernaut.

Round 1: beat Tommy Paul (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

Round 2: beat Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 7-5

Round 3: beat Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Round 4: beat Gael Monfils (FRA x14) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

Quarter-Final: beat Karen Khachanov (RUS x10) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

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French Open 2019 Semifinals Highlights: Nadal Beats Federer, Djokovic vs Thiem to Continue on Saturday
Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic are battling to face Rafael Nadal in Roland Garros final. Photo Credit: Reuters)

Djokovic leads Thiem 6-2 in their head-to-head record but both of Thiem's wins have come on clay, including a win in last year's French Open quarter-final.

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-final at Roland Garros to reach his 12th French Open final. A match that showcased remarkable tennis, it was the claycourt mastery of Nadal that took the cake. Against the wind or with the wind, Nadal remained on top throughout the match.

Federer now trails Nadal 6-0 on clay and 15-24 in their career head-to-head record. The King of Clay continued his stranglehold over his arena and registered his first win over Federer in their last six matches.

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest sporting rivalries and Roland Garros, on Friday, was graced by another chapter of the great battle. The match had it all - from Nadal's massive forehand to Federer's delightful backhand, from drop shots to on-the-line close balls, the quality of Fedal number 39 was top notch.

Nadal is now going for a 12th Roland Garros title and a hat-trick of trophies in Paris, having won the French Open in 2017 and 2018.

Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem in the other men's singles semi-final and this one's moments away.

In the women's semi-finals, Ash Barty beat Amanda Anisimova and Johanna Konta was stumped by 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova as both ladies made their first French Open final.
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