Djokovic hints at taking a break

Djokovic hints at taking a break

Djokovic hints at taking a break

The defending French Open champion crashed out of the quarter-finals last night, after a stunning 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 loss to Dominic Thiem.

"I don't remember seeing a time in the last 6 to 8 years when Novak mailed it in", 7-time major victor McEnroe told the BBC.

Nadal did not have to break much sweat in his quarterfinal after 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an injury trailing 2-6, 0-2.

Murray is 10-7 against Wawrinka, including a four-set win in the 2016 Roland Garros semifinals.

Murray beat eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0), 6-1, and will take on Wawrinka in a rematch of last year's semifinal, which Murray won.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open champion, will face Murray in Friday's other semifinal.

Djokovic, 30, hinted he may step back from the sport to rejuvenate himself even with Wimbledon fast approaching.

"Last year he was also playing really well and I had to play one of my best matches on clay to beat him".

"At the same time, I have responsibility to the game itself, towards others".

"But we'll see. Obviously it's not an easy decision to make, but I will see how I feel after Roland Garros".

Wednesday's defeat to Thiem was Djokovic's first straight-sets loss at a major in four years and comes just 12 months after he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris.

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On the women's side, second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No. 3 seed Simona Halep will meet for a spot in the final with the WTA's No. 1 ranking possibly on the line. Little did the Serbian know that a year later, he would lose to Thiem in stunningly straight-forward fashion, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0.

He became just the fifth man to reach 10 semi-finals at a single Grand Slam in the Open era.

The only men's semifinalist who is not in his 30s is Thiem. "So far I have always played way worse match the following day if I beat a top guy".

"Rafa" has now only dropped 22 games across his five matches while spending a mere 8 hours on court across the first week and a half.

Nadal, the fourth seed, is the favorite in the tournament.

Djokovic had hired the former top-ranked American after parting ways with his entire coaching staff 23 days before the start of the French Open following eight months of disappointing results.

"Obviously, was not the ideal way for the match to end and especially against a good friend, no?"

On Wednesday, Thiem avenged his loss to Djokovic a year ago as well as his defeat in Rome in May where he was allowed just one game in a semi-final rout.

Wawrinka, 32, is now the oldest semifinalist at Roland-Garros since Jimmy Connors in 1985.

The Austrian faces an enormous task in the semi-finals, as he'll take on Nadal, who barely spent any time on the court on Wednesday.

"He's a leader of a new generation, very powerful, and has a lot of strength and variety in his game", said Djokovic, who would win the title. "He was definitely the better player on the court".

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