'16 champ Djokovic in 'whole new situation' after Paris loss


The 30-year-old Serb crashed out of the French Open where he was the defending champion in a stunning 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 quarter-final loss to Dominic Thiem.

It was 12-times grand slam champion Djokovic's first defeat before the semi-finals in Paris since 2010 when he was also beaten by an Austrian, Juergen Melzer.

"We'll see. Obviously it's not an easy decision to make, but I see how I'll feel after Roland Garros and then decide what to do next". This is while new situation for me, not winning any big tournaments, so it's not something that has never happened for any other player. "It's a big challenge but I am up for it".

Thiem now advances to the semifinals, where he faces Rafael Nadal, the "King of Clay".

Djokovic has not been at his best for a while now, winning just two titles in the last 12 months, and Wednesday's loss against Thiem means that the Serb will next week crash out of the top two of men's tennis rankings for the first time in the last five-and-half years.

By that stage, Nadal was already back in the locker room, safely into the semi-finals after his opponent Pablo Carreno Busta had retired with injury over on Philippe Chatrier.

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The Serbian second seed was second best throughout to powerful-hitting Thiem, losing 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 0-6 in Paris.

No one is trying harder to diagnose and treat his 12-month slump than the 12-time Grand Slam victor.

Even Djokovic found it hard to fathom how far he's fallen, only a year removed from leaving Roland Garros as a player nonpareil, the first man in almost a half-century to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles.

- Wawrinka, along with Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal, reached the last four this year without dropping a set. I tried. I lost that crucial break in the beginning of the second, and he started to serve better.

"So it's going to be the toughest match what you can imagine".

- Second seed Karolina Pliskova ended local favourite Caroline Garcia's run at Roland Garros with a 7-6 (3) 6-4 victory to end the French presence in the women's draw.

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Their seventh career meeting will once again take place on clay, as was the case for their six previous encounters.

His next opponent, Austria's 23-year-old Dominic Thiem, is one of the few players now capable of denting Nadal's hull and showed that in a straight-sets win in Rome last month.

"I was not only exhausted from the match against Rafa in Rome, but also from before and from the week in Madrid".

Djokovic was accused of "tanking" his quarter-final at the French Open today as he suffered a chastening defeat.

Nadal reaches his 10th career French Open final. I've said it before, Nadal is playing like peak Nadal at this very moment. The most recent match was in this years Rome Masters, a match Thiem won in straight sets. We've seen players fail to defend their titles; but it's hard to recall a player going out 6-3, 6-0 in the final two sets with tennis so mentally vacant, fans whistling in derision.

"The last couple of tournaments I have had some great match matches and it is unfortunate to finish Roland Garros the way I have done", he told the press after his defeat.

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Thiem said that while he feels relieved and excited to have beaten Djokovic, he knows he can not settle heading into his contest with Nadal.