Nadal into French Open semis, Busta quits

Rafael Nadal advances to French Open semi after Pablo Carreno Busta retires

Tennis-Thiem times march through Paris to perfection

This will be the first time since 2011 that Djokovic will be out of the Top 4.

Still, how unlikely was this result?

Paris: Rafael Nadal warned of the threat presented by Dominic Thiem's "huge potential" ahead of their clash for a place in Sunday's French Open final.

"But I am just trying to sense what is the best thing for me right now". French Open Former French Open champion Wawrinka demolished Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-3 6-1 to reach the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Murray is in the semifinals in Paris for the fourth year in a row. But this continued what has become something of a 12-month downward slide for him since he finally grabbed hold of the French Open championship he had so long sought. "I have lived on that wave of excitement, I guess, 'til the U.S. Open or so".

Djokovic split with Boris Becker towards the end of previous year as his number one ranking was about to disappear.

Roger Federer (13 Australians, 11 Wimbledons and 10 US), Jimmy Connors (14 US and 11 Wimbledons), Andre Agassi (10 US Opens) and Djokovic (10 US Opens) are the others.

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Before Wednesday's win Djokovic had dropped just one set in five meetings with Thiem, and brushed aside the 23-year-old easily in last year's Roland Garros semi-finals.

"So Dominic Thiem today is one of the up-and-coming rising stars that, of course, is very hungry to beat you and to get his hands on a grand slam trophy".

"It's not getting easier on Friday". Roger Federer misses out injured, but Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and defending champ Stan Wawrinka are all here.

The loss also reminded me of the infamous Sam Querrey match at Wimbledon a year ago. "Especially in the last couple months".

Carreno Busta received treatment for an abdominal problem at the end of the first set before calling it a day with Nadal leading 6-2 2-0.

"I don't know how many games I lost this year, but I really don't care about this, no?" Nadal said. "I only care that I am in the semi-finals". He is the same man who had lost last year to Djokovic in the straight sets last year. "And at the U.S. Open, I just was emotionally very flat and found myself in a situation that I hadn't faced before in (my) professional tennis career". I lost a crucial break at the beginning of the second set.

"The third set, obviously, nothing was going my way and everything his way".

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"It's a dream to beat Novak for the first time and reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros again", said Thiem, who was beaten by Djokovic in straight sets in the semi-finals in Paris in 2016. Even though I have played for many years, I still want to do well.

Both women also have a chance of taking the world number one spot. Halep has been a popular pick by experts but she struggled against Svitolina on Wednesday.

I think most of us could see this coming, I just didn't think it would happen in a Grand Slam quarterfinal. While the first set lasted 76 minutes, the second took just 39. He one unforced error was Halep's fewest in a set this tournament.

Djokovic said a break from the game wasn't out of the question yet also said he might change his grass-court plans by playing a Wimbledon warmup.

"Maybe I was a little lucky but I didn't give up".

Pretty insane stat, but Novak Djokovic had played 905 consecutive sets in Grand Slam play since losing one 6-0.

He clinched victory on his first match point when Nishikori failed to return a powerful serve.

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Pablo Carreno Busta came out of the starting blocks strong, bashing a powerful forehand down the line that Nadal couldn't reach. Nadal was on the court only 51 minutes when his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta , retired with an abdominal injury.

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