Djokovic-Thiem semifinal suspended by rain

Arnold Nichols
June 8, 2019

Only Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer can boast a more consistent record here than the Austrian, who has motored into top gear through the tournament and comfortably dispatched Russian Khachanov 6-2 6-4 6-2.

The French Open was plunged into a sexism row on Thursday after the decision to move the women's semi-finals away from the tournament's showpiece court was blasted as "unfair, inappropriate" and "shameful".

But again on Friday, as has been the case all five previous times they had met on the Roland Garros clay, Nadal was superior in every way.

That first match was only a taster of the compelling encounters to come, including revenge for Federer the following year when he recovered from two sets down to win the Miami Open final.

Dabrowski and Pavic, the No. 2 seeds, fell short in their bid for a second Grand Slam title together.

Versus the group of Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic, Thiem has won only 30% of his break chances and 29% on clay only, which isn't bad, but I feel he still needs to do better and remember he rather donated his serve away those three times against Djokovic in Madrid.

Djokovic asked to speak to a Grand Slam supervisor during the first set when he complained that it was too windy to play. A long sixth game was the key in the opener, Nadal finally taking it to break for 4-2 and he held the advantage throughout to take it 6-3 with a stunning cross-court backhand.

The 19-year-old left-hander lost the first 10 points of the match on a rainy Court Simonne Mathieu, but had more guile than her bigger-hitting opponent in testing conditions.

Barty has had a dream run at the Roland Garos only dropping one set against another American Sofia Kenin in the round of 16 until her semifinal match.

The match, which is scheduled to start at 7pm (AEST) will see the in-form Barty take on one of the rising stars of the women's game who is yet to drop a set and on Thursday shocked defending champion Simona Halep. Anisimova was up a break and serving at 2-1 in the third when her coach signalled from the stands that play should be halted because of rain.

The closest of their five French Open clashes came eight years ago as Federer managed to keep Nadal honest for three sets.

Ashleigh Barty is the shortest-priced player to make the final, now available at [1.54] on the Exchange for her match with Amanda Anisimova.

Meanwhile, Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez has advanced to her second straight Grand Slam girls' singles final.

All it took was a little over two hours for Rafael Nadal to beat Roger Federer in the semi-final of Roland Garros.

"We are, however, extremely disappointed by the scheduling of both women's semi- finals on outside courts".

Barty, who is 23, missed about two years on tour when she switched sports and played cricket.

Halep, who had thrashed 18-year-old Pole Iga Swiatek 6-1, 6-0 in the fourth round, faced being on the wrong end of a similarly one-sided match when she fell 3-0 down in the second. Because everything he's done over the years, all the matches we played, all this experience makes it so that we can rightfully think he will be able to give his best tennis.

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