Nadal in semis as Busta quits

Djokovic, bidding for a seventh consecutive semifinal spot at Roland Garros, squandered two set points in the opener before losing the tiebreak and his game then fell apart.

The third set saw a new low for Djokovic as he won only eight points in the 20-minute set.

In the mixed doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski reached the final, beating third seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Hlavackova 7-5, 6-3.

His victory also piled the pressure back onto 12-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic to prove that he is still a contender at the Majors, following a second-round exit at the Australian Open in January.

Seeded sixth in the tournament, the 23-year-old Thiem won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 over Djokovic in two hours and 15 minutes.

"I just have to watch that I'm not giving him his favorite positions on the forehand", he added.

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.

- Nishikori hit 10 winners in the opening set compared to five from the Briton.

His game isn't almost as bad as the results suggest but his mind is everywhere but the tennis court.

"It just shows you everyone's human". He was definitely the better player on the court today.

There was the gutting of his entire backroom staff, including his longtime coach Marian Vajda.

He then brought in Andre Agassi as coach.

It all stunk of desperation. This time it was the Austrian's turn to turn-up a beat-down, dominating on his serve and allowing Djokovic few looks on his usually-dominant return of serve.

'He's not only an excellent tennis player.

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This was Djokovic's first straight-sets defeat in a major since he lost to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final in 2013. Those days are gone.

In the quarterfinals, Nadal will face Pablo Carreno Busta, while Djokovic meets Dominic Thiem.

With Djokovic also set to slip out of the world's top two for the firs time since 2011, the Serb was asked if he would consider taking time out of the game after the loss.

Ever since the loss to journeyman Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open, this has been the logical path for Djokovic but it doesn't make the situation any less jarring.

Contrastingly, Thiem's next opponent, Rafael Nadal, has had a remarkably tournament so far, dropping just 22 games and not having lost a set. Somehow though, Djokovic comes out of Paris an even bigger mess than before.

"It was decided I think in the first set today".

"Hopefully you've enjoyed that final, there were lots of efforts on both sides", Dabrowski said in an on-court interview. "This is tank city".

"Obviously, was not the flawless way for the match to end and especially against a good friend, no?" "Now I beat Novak".

McEnroe continued on that train of thought when speaking to the BBC. And although Nadal owns a 4-2 lead in their past matchups, Thiem did win the most recent one, on clay last month at the Italian Open.

The Serbian virtually gave up in the third set in what was a shocking end to his title defence.

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