After a rescheduling of the match, Novak Djokovic finally met his Austrian adversary Dominic Thiem on the court in the French Open. But the match surprised Djokovic with an outcome that he wasn’t hoping for.
Thiem defeated Djokovic in a thrilling game during the semi-final and reserved his place in the final where he will be playing against the champion Rafael Nadal.
The 25-year-old Thiem managed to beat the world’s no.1 player Djokovic in five sets, finishing with a score of 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7 and 7-5, and stopping Djokovic on his way towards claiming all Grand Slam titles at the same time.
Before losing the match, the 32-year-old Serbian was on a winning streak of 26 matches. Djokovic showed frustration during the game, which led to him earning a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct because he argued with the chair umpire.
After the match, the tennis superstar said that the conditions he played in were the worst he had ever experienced. He also said that it’s hard to perform your best when you are playing in a hurricane-like weather condition.
This was Dominic Thiem’s first five-setter in Roland Garros and he called it “an epic match”.