Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem in the men's singles semi-finals at the 2016 French Open on Friday (3 June) in the second match on court Suzanne-Lenglen
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Djokovic came through comfortably in straight sets against Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals to set up a clash with highly-rated Dominic Thiem in the last four after the Austrian beat pal David Goffin in four sets. The world number 15 is playing in his first Grand Slam semi-final but is unlikely to be fazed despite facing the pre-tournament favourite. He has recorded wins over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal this season on his way to three tour titles.
The world number one, on the other hand, is looking for a career Grand Slam, having triumphed in all the other three Grand Slams thus far. Djokovic was in danger of throwing it away and being disqualified from the tournament after his attempt at slamming his racket on the floor saw it slip out of his hand and fly into the advertising boards behind him but only after the line judge had taken evasive action to avoid being hit by the racket. The Serb would have most likely been disqualified immediately from the tournament had the racket made contact with the official.
Djokovic will be favourite to make the final when he faces Thiem but he will have a tougher task in the final clash as he will encounter either Murray or Wawrinka.
Betting odds (betfair)
- Novak Djokovic to win: 1/10
- Dominic Thiem to win: 6
The duo have faced each other two times in the past, with Djokovic winning on both the occasions. The last time they met was earlier in the year in the R16 of the Miami Masters, with the Serb winning 6-3, 6-4.
French Open history
Djokovic and Thiem have never faced each other in the French Open.