Thiem rides the storm to beat Djokovic in French semi-final

Gone With The Wind As Novak Djokovic Dominic Thiem Blown Off Course At Roland Garros

Beating Rafael Nadal on clay is the ultimate challenge, but that may have already become mission impossible for his opponent Dominic Thiem, even before Sunday's French Open final gets underway.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Rafael Nadal's 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros. They have met on three previous occasions at Roland Garros and Nadal has won all three encounters in straight sets, including a 6-4 6-3 6-2 in last year's final.

Thiem's 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5 victory ended the world No. 1's unblemished 26-match run in majors that began past year at Wimbledon. The victor will face 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final.

"I don't want to point out some reasons or find excuses for this loss", Djokovic said of the conditions and the match overall. "I guess they know tennis better".

So will Nadal, who is on the brink of an 18th major title, which would put him only two shy of Federer's record and make him the only player to have won a slam 12 times.

"When you're playing in hurricane kind of conditions, it's hard to perform your best".

In still blustery conditions in Paris - though not almost as windy as Friday - Djokovic became agitated when chair umpire Jaume Campistol handed him a time violation warning while serving at 5-6, 30-15 in the third set.

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Within minutes after Thiem's 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 victory, Djokovic was peppered by reporters with questions about the weather delays here over the past four days. "It was an awesome experience last year and I will try everything to be better this year". The most recent one came at the Australian Open a year ago when he became only the third player in Grand Slam title match after turning 36, following Rosewall and Anderson.

A topsy-turvy start saw the Spaniard race through the first three games before Federer broke back as the wind played havoc with the players' serves from one end.

Rain then forced the players off for just over an hour.

"I'm feeling fine. I'm full of adrenaline still from today's match, and also I will have that tomorrow", he added.

Thiem double-faulted at 5-5 to gift Djokovic another break of serve and this time the Serbian made it stick to take the match into a deciding set. "Somehow I had the feeling that I had the lead in the whole match, and then at the end, it got so tough", Thiem said. "That's all I can tell you", Djokovic said.

Thiem wasted two match points with quick unforced errors when serving for the victory at 5-3 in the fifth, but he made his third chance count, smacking a forehand victor to break Djokovic in the last game.

On Friday, Thiem had just broken Djokovic to go up a break at 3-1 in the third set when their match was suspended because of a shower.

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