French Open

Thiem reaches fourth straight French Open semi-final

2019-06-06 16:58
Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem (AP)

Paris - Dominic Thiem will face either Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-finals after powering to a straight-sets win over Russian 10th seed Karen Khachanov on Thursday.

The Austrian fourth seed, last year's runner-up to Rafael Nadal, won 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Roland Garros semis for a fourth straight year.

Thiem was utterly dominant on Court Suzanne Lenglen, hammering 29 winners, as his erratic opponent contrived to tally 37 unforced errors and only 17 winners.

"The key was to control the points. I'll be ready to maybe come back here tomorrow. This is one of my favourite courts in the world," said the 25-year-old, who is chasing a maiden Grand Slam title.

Thiem has a 6-2 losing record against 15-time major champion Djokovic, although both his wins have come on clay, and leads his head-to-head with Zverev 5-2.

Khachanov had impressed in a fourth-round victory over Juan Martin del Potro, but was never in with a chance in the quarter-final, which was delayed from Wednesday due to rain, dropping serve twice in the opening set.

He managed to get to 4-4 in the second, only to see Thiem reel off eight of the next 10 games and seal a last-four spot without even facing a break point in the match.

Results from the 12th day of the French Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Men

Quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x5) 7-5, 6-2, 6-2

Dominic Thiem (AUT x4) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x10) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Women

Quarter-finals

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x8) bt Madison Keys (USA x14) 6-3, 7-5

Amanda Anisimova (USA) bt Simona Halep (ROM x3) 6-2, 6-4

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