'16 champ Djokovic in 'whole new situation' after Paris loss

Rafael Nadal waits to serve against Pablo Carreno Busta

The Austrian sixth seed convincingly beat the Serbian World No. 2 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0. The out-of-nowhere Ostapenko's next opponent is 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland, who eliminated 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-4, 6-4.

Djokovic had won all five previous matches - and 11 of 12 sets - against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.

"Nothing was going my way and everything his way, so pretty bad final set but all in all it was decided in the first set", Djokovic said.

Did he give up in the last set?

A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in almost a half-century to claim a fourth consecutive major championship and completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros. "He was definitely the better player on the court today".

Rafael Nadal barely broke a sweat to reach the French Open semifinals as fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta quit with an injury.

"For me, it's a whole new situation that I'm facing, especially in the last seven, eight months, not winning any tournament, which hasn't happened in many years", said Djokovic, who actually won in Doha in January but may have been referring to grand slams.

"It wasn't easy, but actually (the delay) helped me a lot against Hyeon in the third round", he said.

Wednesday saw him suffer a first 6-0 "bagel" at a Slam since the 2005 US Open while the defeat will see him slip out of the world's top two for the first time in six years.




Nadal, the fourth seed, is the favorite in the tournament. Thiem erased the first with a forehand volley and the other with a service victor that prompted Djokovic to roll his eyes.

Putting Nadal's baseline quality into context was the fact the only two games Carreno Busta for the match came with unlikely Nadal service lapses.

The 20th-seeded Carreno Busta had taken a medical timeout after the opening set.

Djokovic enlisted Andre Agassi for coaching help during Week 1 of the French Open, but Agassi had some prior commitments and so was gone by the time Djokovic faced Thiem. After Tuesday's victories, they ran into each other in the players' gym and hugged.

Both matches were pushed to Wednesday due to persistent rain the day before in Paris.

Shortly before play is supposed to start, the temperature is 57 degrees F (14 degrees Celsius).

"As I have mentioned before several times when you guys ask me about his influence and impact on my game, it's gonna take time".

In the late matches, no real surprises with Stan Wawrinka keeping a hammerlock on Marin Cilic winning his eighth straight over the Croatian.

The women's draw is side open and Caroline Garcia will hope to become the first French woman to reach the semi-finals since Marion Bartoli in 2011 when she faces world number three Karolina Pliskova.

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