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BREAKING NEWS: Djokovic dumped out of French Open

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Paris – Dominic Thiem demolished defending champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets 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 number two crashing to his earliest loss in Paris in seven years. The Austrian won 7-6, (7/5), 6-3, 6-0, needing two hours and 17 minutes to pick up the win.

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Novak Djokovic reacts during his French Open quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters / Pascal RossignolThiem celebrates after winning. Photo: Reuters / Pascal Rossignol

Dominic Thiem is the only player to beat Nadal on clay this season, but the Austrian's shock win at the Rome Masters was swiftly followed by a 6-1, 6-0 humiliation against Djokovic.

Before Wednesday's win Djokovic had dropped just one set in five meetings with Thiem, and brushed aside the 23-year-old with ease in last year's Roland Garros semi-finals.

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

Nadal was leading 6-2, 2-0 when Carreno Busta retired after suffering abdominal injury. Nadal broke Carreno Busta four times during the 51 minutes of play

The other semi-final will also be decided on Wednesday, when world number one Andy Murray faces Kei Nishikori and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka takes on Marin Cilic.

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