Austrian Thiem ousts Djokovic for Nadal test

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USA 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.

World number two Novak Djokovic has effectively waved the white flag, bowing out of the French Open with a whimper at the hands of Dominic Thiem. The 23-year-old Thiem won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0.

PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday.

The defeat was Djokovic's first straight-set loss at a Major in four years and comes just 12 months after he completed the career Grand Slam in Paris.

Rafael Nadal qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time on Wednesday after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0. Just a pretty bad set.

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"He was dictating all the points in the first set, making me move a lot".

"I'm grateful for the attention but there are many other players that deserve that as well". I have positive feelings and am playing well. "It's a big challenge, but I'm up for it", added Djokovic. "Previous year he was also playing really well and I had to play one of my best matches on clay to beat him", he said.

Reflecting on his maiden victory over Djokovic, Thiem said he felt the first set was crucial and sensed the Serbian was there for the taking after clinching the opener on a tie-break.

Chasing a 15th major overall, Nadal has conceded 22 games this tournament in reaching the semi-finals - the fewest in glorious French Open career and bettering the 25 he lost in 2006.

Thiem landed in the semifinals for the second straight year - Djokovic downed him 12 months ago - and will no doubt face a tougher test in Nadal, who will certainly be well rested.

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"All the top players have gone through that and I guess I have to learn lessons and figure how get through".

Djokovic squandered two set points in the opening set.

Wawrinka is now eager to gain revenge on Andy Murray after setting up a re-match of last year's semi-final. "I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match".

Wawrinka's lone worrying moment resulted when he nearly turned an ankle near the net in the last game against Cilic.

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