Nadal: I might not be up to Thiem challenge

Nadal: I might not be up to Thiem challenge

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.

The second Semi-final will be between world number one Andy Murray and a former French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic grimaces during a press conference after losing to Austria's Dominic Thiem in a quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Paris.

Into his 25th major semi-final, Nadal is the only the fifth man in history to reach 10 semis at a single grand slam event.

Rafa Nadal has broken lots of records in his career but they do not matter to the Spaniard, who on Wednesday strolled into the French Open semi-finals after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta quit with an injury less than an hour into the match. "Just pretty bad set". I tried, I lost that crucial break at the beginning of the second and he started serving better.

"Trust me, I'm thinking about many things", he said.

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He continued: "I'm not close to my best. It's a big challenge, but I'm up for it".

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"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.

This will be Nadal's 10th trip to the French Open semifinals. "I was not in a position to play well the way I wanted to", recounted Nadal. I have to get through it and learn the lessons and come back stronger.

After a brutal first set lasting 73 minutes, which Djokovic led 4-2 but a double-fault handed a break back before three awful backhands gave his opponent the tie-break, Djokovic's mental and physical vulnerability was then ruthlessly exposed as Thiem took the second before emphatically sealing the third to love to take the match. On Friday (I play) Nadal.

Thiem pounced on his lifeline, taking the set after 73 minutes when the Serb dumped a backhand in the net.

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

The third seeded Romanian will face Czech Karolina Pliskova in the last four.

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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