French Open: Dominic Thiem sends defending champion Novak Djokovic crashing out

Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his French Open quarter final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic on June 7, 2017.
Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his French Open quarter final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic on June 7, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Dominic Thiem demolished defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6, (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 in a stunning French Open upset on Wednesday, setting up a semi-final duel against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Sixth seed Thiem sent the world No. 2 crashing to his earliest loss in Paris in seven years.

Nadal earlier reached a 10th Roland Garros semi-final when Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired in the second set through injury.