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Djokovic and Thiem to resume their Roland Garros semi-final on Saturday: Thiem led 6-2 3-6 3-1 before Friday's play was called off due to bad weather

Leye Aduloju in News 7 Jun 2019
  • Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem will resume their French Open semi-final on Saturday
  • Thiem held a 6-2 3-6 3-1 lead on Friday before play was called off due to poor weather conditions
Novak Djokovic (JBAutissier/Panoramic).

Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem will finish their French Open men's semi-final on Saturday, with the women's final to follow after play was controversially called off Friday due to poor weather conditions.

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Djokovic and Thiem will resume on Court Philippe-Chatrier from 12:00pm local time (11:00am BST), while the women's final between Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova is scheduled to start not before 3:00pm local time.

The weather appeared clear when play was unofficially cancelled on Friday, leading to widespread speculations that world No. 1, Djokovic had refused play in the very windy conditions.



Djokovic had struggled on a windy Court Philippe-Chatrier, often cutting a frustrated figure and looking uncertain with his footwork as strong winds swept across Roland Garros, but Thiem, perhaps aided by the greater spin he puts on his groundstrokes, managed the situation expertly, producing a near flawless set of tennis, considering the circumstances, to take the opener in less than 30 minutes. It was the first set Djokovic had dropped in the 2019 French Open.


Djokovic improved at the start of the second set, but he was still not at optimum level, and had to bravely save two break points to hold for the 2-1 lead. With Thiem serving at 2-3, 30-0, the rain finally came down, but the interruption was brief, and in less than 10 minutes, the players were back out again to resume play.

The rain delay worked a treat for Djokovic, as the Serbian produced his best tennis of the match to win three games in a row from 3-3 to even the match at one-set all.

Thiem began the third set strongly, and got the early break for 3-1 after peppering Djokovic with a series of heavy forehands. That proved to be the final action of the day as Djokovic, with rain starting to fall again, went to his chair, and after presumably having a word with the umpire, packed his bags and walked off the court.

Thiem initially wasn't keen on leaving, but with the rain getting heavier, the Austrian had little choice, and followed Djokovic off the court. 

The match was initially set to resume at just after 6:00pm local time (5:00pm BST), tournament organizers officially ended the day’s play at about 6:30pm local time to the surprise of many, and to loud boos on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Fans with tickets for the semi-final will be refunded as they are inadmissible for Saturday.



Former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion, Amelie Mauresmo posted a tweet that suggested that the weather was still clear an hour and a half after play was called off.

The weather forecast for Friday wasn't great, but the rain (not the winds!) held off for long enough to see Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova beat Amanda Anisimova and Johanna Konta respectively to reach the women's final, and Rafael Nadal overpower Roger Federer to advance to the men's championship match.


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Djokovic and Thiem to resume their Roland Garros semi-final on Saturday: Thiem led 6-2 3-6 3-1 before Friday's play was called off due to bad weather

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