Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal in Roland Garros final

Austria’s Dominic Thiem is all smiles after winning against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during their men’s singles semi-final match. (AFP pic)

PARIS: Dominic Thiem stuns Novak Djokovic, faces Rafael Nadal in Roland Garros final.

Djokovic’s dream of becoming just the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice was crushed by Thiem.

Thiem downed the world number one 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a repeat of last year’s final against 11-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic, who was second best to Thiem when it came to mastering the gloom, wind and damp of Paris, was bidding to join Rod Laver in the Grand Slam history books.

However, it’s 25-year-old Austrian fourth seed Thiem who goes on to face Nadal where he will be buoyed by having defeated the 17-time major winner four times on clay in his career.

Previously, the French Open women’s final was delayed after the men’s semi-final between Djokovic and Thiem was interrupted by rain.

Those matches were eventually played on the second and third show courts instead of Court Philippe Chatrier, prompting strong criticism from the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and former world number one Amelie Mauresmo.