French Open Final : Dominic Thiem takes the third set against Novak Djokovic 7-5 in their Roland Garros semi-final on Saturday to go up 2-1 in the match. The sunny and less-windy conditions seemed to have made Djokovic far more solid than Friday as he was putting continuous pressure on Thiem’s service games. But Thiem weathered the storm and settled into the match to begin firing forehand and backhand winners to take complete control of the match.
Djokovic* 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 2-1 Thiem (*next server) – Djokovic breaks
Thiem is now serving from the more awkward end into the wind, and he overhits a couple of forehands to fall down 0-30. Thiem recovers well to force 30-30 but he’s very unlucky with a backhand that clips the tape and allows Djokovic to flick away a forehand pass to bring up a break point. A dismayed Thiem then drags a backhand pass wide to hand Djokovic an early break at the start of the fourth set.
We look to be heading to a decider, which will please the waiting Rafael Nadal no end.
Djokovic, towards the end of the third set, was also unsettled by the shot clock as he complained to the umpire, feeling rushed. Thiem saw his opportunity and struck the blow in that very moment. Thiem is now just a set away from his second consecutive French Open final.
Few would have predicted that Ashleigh Barty or Marketa Vondrousova would have made it to an intriguing 2019 French Open women’s final.
Neither player has previously progressed beyond the singles second round at Roland-Garros, although number eight seed Barty has appeared in the doubles final.
Unseeded 19-year-old Vondrousova has announced herself as a stellar new talent with a run at the trophy that included a straight sets win over seeded Briton Johanna Konta in the semi-finals.
The pair began their match on Friday however bad weather brought the players off court.
Thiem was a break up in the third set, at 6-2, 3-6, 3-1, when the umpires brought a halt to proceedings.
The weather did clear later but Novak Djokovic and Thiem had already been told that play would resume on Saturday.
They will step back on court at 11am this morning after wind and rain proved an issue on Friday.