Thiem downs Zverev to reach semis

Seventh seed Dominic Thiem of Austria reached his third successive Roland Garros semi-final with a straight-sets victory over the injured second seed, Alexander Zverev, of Germany in Paris on Tuesday.

In a match lasting one hour and 52 minutes, Thiem defeated his close friend 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 with Zverev looking a mere shadow of himself while struggling with a hamstring injury.

Thiem dominated the match from first set onwards, he broke the 21-year-old German’s serve in the seventh game to go on and win the set 6-4.

Zverev, who had played three previous five-set marathons in a row before today’s quarter-final, was clearly struggling as the match progressed clutching the back of his left leg early in the next set.

The seventh seed saw off Zverev, who called for a trainer at 4-1 down to have his leg strapped, in the second set, winning it 6-2 thanks to two service breaks in the third and fifth games to be firmly in control of proceedings.

In the third set, Thiem showed no mercy, even though Zverev tried to hang in by saving two match points, to finish the match off with a backhand winner to win the set 6-1.

Next up for Thiem, in the semi-final, will be the winner of the match between Marco Cecchinato and Novak Djokovic.

“For sure, it was very tough for Alex today. I hope we have many more encounters in this stage of a Grand Slam and even later when we’re both 100 percent,” said Thiem afterwards.

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