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

Rafael Nadal reaches French Open semis for 10th time

Rafael Nadal reaches French Open semis for 10th time

But having now failed to win any of his last four grand slams, Djokovic is mulling a shake-up ahead of Wimbledon.Novak Djokovic was visibly shocked after a 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 defeat to Dominic Theim in the French Open quarterfinals Wednesday.

Karolina Pliskova, the second seed, claimed a marathon first set on the way to beating the last French player remaining in singles, Caroline Garcia, 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

The British tennis maestro, bidding to reach a 12th grand slam final, now faces a daunting task against Swiss third-seed Stan Wawrinka if he wants to reach the French Open summit showdown for the second consecutive year.

"The past few months, I have been playing very well", said Nadal.

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.

Rafael Nadal can become only the third man in history to make 10 appearances in the final at one Grand Slam tournament with a victory over Dominic Thiem in the French Open semifinals.

The third seed became the oldest man to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros since Jimmy Connors in 1985 after defeating Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-1. Thiem's second win over Nadal was in their most recent meeting in Rome, in which the Austrian hit Rafa off the court for the loss of just seven games in a straight sets quarterfinal win.

This is published unedited from the ANI feed. That was certainly true after the first set as Djokovic, whose new coach Andre Agassi had already flown home, appeared lost and listless, misfiring a succession of lame backhands.

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Murray struggled this year after being diagnosed with shingles in February and sustaining an elbow injury in March but eight-time grand slam champion Lendl says the Briton is now injury free and able to train fully again.

Djokovic was runner-up at the U.S. Open but lost in the third round at Wimbledon, the first round at the Rio Olympics and the second round at the Australian Open. He also lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray. In Rome, I was not only exhausted from the match against Rafa, but also from before.

Wawrinka, like Murray a three-time major victor, has made his trademark understated progress to a third successive Roland Garros semi-final. "It will be the toughest match you can imagine". "Now I beat Novak".

"All the top players go through this".

"It's a joke how tough it is to win a slam, because obviously now I beat Novak". Nadal leads this head-to-head record at 4-2, but Thiem has the most recent victory.

Players have previously taken Nadal to five sets and beat him - but that was the old Nadal, who could be "tired out" - not the Rafael Nadal of 2017, looking to demolish any opponent in his path.

While Thiem's part in Djokovic's downfall should not be overlooked, it was the Serbian world number two's astonishing collapse that was the talk of Roland Garros.

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