Dominic Thiem wins epic French Open semi-final to deny Novak Djokovic a chance at history

Novak Djokovic defeated at French Open PA

Novak Djokovic’s bid to hold all Grand Slams at once came to a crushing end in the French Open semi-final at the hands of Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open champion came into the match with Thiem riding a 26-game winning streak in majors.

However, in a match that spanned 24 hours due to repeated rain delays, Djokovic was both out-battled and outplayed by Thiem, who has reached his second consecutive French Open final.

It was Thiem who started the better, even if it was a day earlier, and he won the first set before Djokovic battled back to win the second.

That was the situation overnight, as rain – or at least the threat of rain – saw play abandoned.

They resumed on Saturday, though, and once again shared the opening two sets of the day to set up a thrilling finale.

Thiem was always in charge in the decider, though, with his own nerves the greatest obstacle as they allowed Djokovic to repeatedly fight back.

However, the world number one could not hold off Thiem forever, who claimed a sensational 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 win to set up a repeat of last year’s final against Rafael Nadal.

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