No stopping the Novak Djokovic juggernaut at French Open as he sets up Dominic Thiem clash

Novak Djokovic

It is 26 not out for Novak Djokovic in terms of Grand Slam match wins as he continued his relentless pursuit of a Career Grand Slam with a crushing win over Alexander Zverev.

The 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 scoreline accurately reflects the contest as the German looked up for it in the opening set, but he was a beaten man long before the umpire called “game, set, match” at 16:51 Parisian time.

The straight-set win in two hours and nine minutes also means Djokovic is only two victories away from winning a fourth consecutive major, but also keeps his hopes of winning a calendar Grand Slam alive.

Zverev, though, will certainly be kicking himself as he was all over the world No 1’s serve during the first set as he fashioned some break opportunities.

He finally managed to make one stick in game nine, but the Serb hit back hard and won the final three games to take the set.

From then on it was all Djokovic as he stepped up a couple of gears and Zverev certainly found himself on the ropes. Two breaks of serve in the final two sets were more than enough to get the job done.

He will face another challenger to the throne in Dominic Thiem for a place in the final after the fourth seed beat Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

Last year’s runner-up Thiem was on top early on and he never really gave the Russian a sniff.

But the Austrian knows he will have a much tougher challenge on his hands when takes on the in-form Djokovic who is into his 35th Grand Slam semi-final.

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