Defending champion Novak Djokovic came in as the favorite today to keep his record perfect against the rising Dominic Thiem in the French Open quarterfinals today.
But after a tough first set loss to the Austrian in a tiebreak, Djokovic was resigned to losing. And lose he did 76, 63, 60. The nine total games were the fewest he’s ever won at the French Open. And adding insult he was fed his first bagel at Roland Garros and his first at a Grand Slam since 2005.
“It’s hard to comment the third set,” Djokovic said. “Obviously, nothing was going my way and everything his way. Just pretty bad set.
“All in all, it was decided I think in the first set. I tried. I lost that crucial break in the beginning of the second, and he started serving better backing it up with the first shot. He deserved to win. He was definitely the better player on the court today.
“It’s unfortunate to finish Roland Garros the way I have done today. I obviously always expect a lot from myself, but it’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best, and I know that.”
One year agp the Serb left France on top of the world, holding all four Grand Slams. Now, he leaves without a big title in 12 months. And not even he knows what his future plans are.
“Trust me, I’m thinking about many things,” Djokovic said of taking a break. “Especially in the last couple months. I’m just trying to sense what’s the best thing for me now.
“We’ll see. Obviously it’s not an easy decision to make, but I will see how I feel, anyway, after Roland Garros and then decide what to do next.”
— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) June 7, 2017
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