French Open day 10: Nadia Podoroska’s Cinderella story, Dominic Thiem’s ridiculous winner

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Nadia Podoroska in dreamland

As we look back at day 10 at Roland Garros, Nadia Podoroska became the first qualifier to reach the French Open semi-finals after shocking third seed Elina Svitolana.

Dominic Thiem fell short in an epic five-setter against Diego Schwartzman, who booked a first Grand Slam semi-final against Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard downed Italian teenager Jannik Sinner.

Picture of the day

Nadia Podoroska celebrating

Podoroska hurled her racket in the air after beating Svitolina (Michel Euler/AP)

Shot of the day


This just shouldn’t be allowed.

Stat(s) of the day

Podoroska’s win made her the first qualifier to reach the women’s semi-finals in French Open history, and only the third at any Grand Slam in the open era. She had never previously won a Grand Slam match, and has never won back-to-back matches on the WTA Tour. Nor had she even played a top-20 player before, let alone beaten one.

Quote of the day

“I played a few five-setters here and I never won. I think at the end this night I deserved to win.” – Diego Schwartzman after his epic victory

Brit watch

In the men’s doubles British duo Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski missed out on a place in the semi-finals. The 13th seeds were beaten 6-4, 6-4 by German pair Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz, the defending champions.

Fallen seeds

Women: Elina Svitolina (3)
Men: Dominic Thiem (3)

Up next

Novak Djokovic, in his 11th consecutive quarter-final at Roland Garros, takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in a rematch of the US Open showdown which saw the world number one defaulted in what remains his only defeat in 2020.

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