Thiem reaches first Grand Slam semi-final
Originally published on 02/06/16 00:00
The Austrian 22-year-old, who had never made it past the fourth round of a major, continued his run in Paris as he reached his first Grand Slam semi-final with a 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 6-1 victory over David Goffin.
The No.13 seed came within one point of going two sets to love down against his close friend and rival, but saved set point in the second-set tiebreak, before going on to wrap up victory in two hours and 51 minutes. It was his 25th win of 2016 on clay courts, more than any other player this year.
Thiem, who is the third Austrian man after Thomas Muster and Jurgen Melzer to reach the last four of a Grand Slam, will face top seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Thiem has already won more matches in 2016 than he did in the whole of last season. With 41 wins, he is only one behind his next opponent, Djokovic, who eased past Tomas Berdych 6-3 7-5 6-3. Djokovic has won both of their previous encounters, including in Miami earlier this year.