Paris: Novak Djokovic reached his fourth French Open final with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 demolition of Austria’s Dominic Thiem yesterday to move one match closer to a career Grand Slam.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates his French Open semi-final victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem with ball kids. Pic/Getty Images
The World No 1 will tackle either second seed Andy Murray or defending champion Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s title match in what will be the Serb’s 20th Grand Slam final. It will be the 29-year-old’s sixth successive Grand Slam championship match as he looks to add a first Roland Garros crown to his collection of 11 majors.
Career Slam on mind
Victory on Sunday will also make him just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam.
“The atmosphere was fantastic. It’s the first time I have played a semi-final on the Suzanne Lenglen court,” said the top seed, moved out to the secondary arena as organisers played catch-up in a rain-ruined schedule. “I played the best tennis of the tournament so far. I am now in the situation where I always dream of being each season, in the final of Roland Garros.” Djokovic sprinted out to a 3-0 lead in the opener on the back of a break in the second game against 13th-seeded Thiem. A double fault by the young Austrian opened the door for Djokovic to take the first set in the eighth game.