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Nadal into French Open semi-finals, Thiem dismantles titleholder Djokovic
Last Updated: 2017-06-07 00:00 | Xinhua
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Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during the men's quarterfinal against his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta at the French Open Tennis Tournament 2017 in Paris, France, on June 7, 2017. Due to an injury of Pablo Carreno Busta at the second set, Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinal. (Xinhua/Jean-Marie Hervio)

The No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to his 10th success at Roland Garros as his fellow Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew due to an injury after 51 minutes of play in the quarterfinals here on Wednesday.

Nadal will meet Dominic Thiem in the semifinals, as the Austrian promising star shocked defending champion Novak Djokovic in three straight sets.

Nadal met little resistence from his Spanish compatriot in their fourth duel although he was broken twice in the third and seventh games of the 32-minute opening set.

The 20th-seeded Carreno Busta retired when Nadal was leading 6-2, 2-0. The "King of Clay" is now 22-1 on clay this year.

However, he didn't expect Djokovic to stand in front of him, as the titleholder displayed lackluster performance in a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 loss to the sixth-seeded Thiem.

After losing the tiebreak in the first set, Djokovic's hitting quality and mentality was downgraded with the match going on. Thiem avenged his recnt loss to Djokovic in the semifinals in Rome with a total of 38 winners despite 28 unforced errors, while the Serbian only had 18 winners against 35 unforced errors.

The sensational victory over the defending champion provided huge confidence to Thiem, who expected to continue his winning streak against Nadal after the quarterfinal win in Rome in their latest matchup.

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