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"If I play well, I hope that I will be able to book my spot in the final".

"In Rome, it was not a good day for me".

"Well, I think he's back, and he's a favourite, as he was a favourite during his best years. It was just today it was just odd how it came about".

It is a repeat of last year's semifinal when Andy Murray produced arguably his greatest match on clay to defeat reigning champion Stan Wawrinka.

There were five breaks of serve in the 12 games.

Wawrinka, who lifted the Musketeers' Cup in 2015, ended Cilic's ordeal on his first match point with a second-serve ace.

Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are the remaining men at the 2017 French Open.

"I just had a positive win-error statistic today that's very important".

6-3 6-0 quarter-final win over world No.2 Djokovic was the latest masterclass from Thiem.

"There have been other tournaments where making it to the semi-finals was much more hard with longer matches", he said.

Halep, who was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014, will next face second-seeded Karolina Pliskova. He also happens to be a nine-time champion at Roland Garros.

Double French Open champion Jim Courier, commentating on the match, said the Serb had shown "no fight". Now he stands just one win away from reaching the final in consecutive years. Pliskova beat Caroline Garcia 7-6 (3), 6-4. Going to be the fourth match against him in five or six weeks.

Since then he has bagged only two titles and in grand slam there has been a worrying decline.

"He's obviously played extremely well the last few years at the French, and he's confident".

Svitolina, 22, had looked well-set to become the first Ukrainian woman to make a Grand Slam semi-final.

After conceding the opener in 33 minutes, Murray found himself under pressure again at the start of the second before the match took an abrupt turn. Nadal led 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta stopped.

Austrian sixth seed Thiem is the only man to beat Nadal on clay this year - his Rome quarter-final success offsetting losses in the final in Barcelona and Madrid.

Djokovic completely fell apart in the third set, and Thiem duly capitalised to close out the match.

Then, in what was expected to be a third-round ambush, he sailed past Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets and was similarly at ease against Karen Khachanov in the last 16.

The defeat 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 here. It was not immediately clear what was wrong with Carreno Busta.

Nadal will face Austria's Dominic Thiem in Friday's semi-final.

United States tennis legend John McEnroe accused Novak Djokovic of giving up in his stunning French Open exit at the hands of Dominic Thiem on Wednesday (June 7). "I played well all the matches here".


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