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Djokovic, Thiem into French Open semis

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:31 AM
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic plays a shot against Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their quarter-final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, yesterday.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic plays a shot against Germany’s Alexander Zverev during their quarter-final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, yesterday.

Novak Djokovic has advanced to today’s French Open semi-finals after beating Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

The top-ranked Serb converted his second match point when the fifth-seeded Zverev put a backhand long.

Djokovic next plays No. 4 Dominic Thiem of Austria, last year’s runner-up.

Djokovic has won 15 Grand Slams, but his only French Open title was in 2016, also the year he last reached the semis at Roland Garros.

Thiem made it to the semi-final, for the fourth straight year, after beating Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

The fourth-seeded Austrian was runner-up last year to Rafael Nadal, who is also in the semi-final and will meet his rival, Swiss star Roger Federer.