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10 June, 2017, 15:03 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • Spectators take cover under umbrellas as third round matches were suspended because of rain showers at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris France. Saturday

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic will set up a French Open semi-final blockbuster if they get through their last-eight clashes on Wednesday after rain caused their scheduled clashes to be cancelled Tuesday.

On a windy Court Suzanne Lenglen after Thiem saved two set points in the opener, his game became littered with errors.

Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. The Serb broke in the third set early but Nadal did not give in and levelled the set at 3-3.

Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay this season, but the 23-year-old is under no illusion about the size of the task that awaits him in Friday's semi.

Thiem will next face Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Most recently, Djokovic thumped Thiem 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters.

It seemed to kick him into action though, winning the final two sets of that match 6-1, 6-1 before he went over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki, and Kristina Mladenovic are the biggest seeds on the day.

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Nadal progressed after fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta retired upon injury on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear what was wrong with Carreno Busta.

Nadal will next face either second-seeded Novak Djokovic or sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem on Friday.

Djokovic is most players' least favourite opponent, such is his prowess on the tennis court. He really will step it up and try to do something special.

Shortly before play is supposed to start, the temperature is 57 degrees F (14 degrees Celsius).

While the pair have met five times in their history, with Djokovic winning all of them, it was the semi-finals a year ago which the former world no.1 can use to his advantage. On Tuesday, he'll face No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta.

The other men's quarterfinals scheduled for later Wednesday: 2016 runner-up Murray vs. Second seed Karolina Pliskova and third seed Simona Halep are the current favorites, and they made it into the quarterfinals, where they'll play on Wednesday.

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