Wawrinka reaches semifinals of French Open

Spain's Fernando Verdasco returns the ball to Japan's Kei Nishikori during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Monday

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The Austrian then pushed forward, taking the next two sets 6-3, 6-0 and forcing Djokovic to confront a lost set and match for the first time in the tournament.

That helped Nadal to become the first player to enter the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time.

Nadal won his 100th five-set clay-court match to reach French Open semi-finals as his opponent Pablo Carreno Busta retires earlier on Wednesday.

He quickly moved 3-0 ahead in the second set and, although Djokovic initially showed some fight, it soon drained away.

He said: "Trust me, I'm thinking about many things, especially in the last couple months".

"I'm grateful for the attention but there are many other players that deserve that as well". "I knew he was playing good, but I was confident with what I was doing since the beginning of the tournament".

"I know that I have achieved the biggest heights in this sport, and that memory and that experience gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again, although I'm aware that I'm not the only one", he said.

Thiem said that while he feels relieved and excited to have beaten Djokovic, he knows he can not settle heading into his contest with Nadal. I have to get through it and learn the lessons and come back stronger.

Djokovic led 4-2 in what was a brutally physical first set lasting 73 minutes but played a poor game to hand Thiem the break back, serving two double faults.

The 29-year-old reached the semi-finals of last week's Madrid Open Masters before the finals loss at Rome.

Djokovic's backhand really let him down in the tiebreaker: All seven points won by Thiem ended with that stroke. On Friday (I play) Nadal.

"So far I have always played a way worse match the following day if I beat a top guy, so I hope I can improve that", Thiem told reporters.

Murray is in the semifinals in Paris for the fourth year in a row.

Facing a player he had destroyed in their previous meeting on clay last month, the former No. 1 Djokovic was routed 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 by the 23-year-old Thiem.

Since Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in last year's Roland Garros final, he suffered a third-round loss at Wimbledon.

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

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