Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach quarters

  • Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach quarters

Thiem stuns Djokovic to reach quarters

Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal needed a combined 14 match points to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday in Monaco.

"I'm feeling like it's been getting better every day", Djokovic added after losing 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 6-3 to Thiem.

Thiem brought up two more set points, only for his forehand to break down with two errors, before a double fault gave Djokovic the chance to break back.

He saved one match point against Thiem, but indecision cost him on the second as the ninth-seeded Djokovic seemed to change his mind over which shot to play at the net.

Now, the 31-year old will meet Bulgarian fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the last four for a berth in the finals.

Nishikori has been conspicuous by his absence from the latter stages of the Masters 1000 events, and his 6-4 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 defeat of Cilic ensured he will appear in the semi-finals of such a tournament for the first time in 20 months.

Sixth seed David Goffin defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 7-5 in a match that included a weird incident involving a ball boy.

Dimitrov, ranked fifth in the world, clinched victory with his second match point as Goffin failed to avenge his defeat in the ATP World Tour finals previous year.

Lajovic, ranked 93 in the world, offered resistance in the second set to level at 1-1 but failed to capitalise on a break point as the 12-time grand slam victor roared back to book a second round meeting with Borna Coric of Croatia.

"Yes, for sure he's the favourite". He's won 10 French Opens and is considered the best clay court player in the sport's history.

That definitely doesn't discourage me. "Hopefully in my next match I can do better in those moments". I played without pain in the elbow, which is important.

The top seed was flawless in a relentless performance, taking advantage of a bad day at the office for Thiem to set up a last -four meeting with Grigor Dimitrov.

Marin Cilic received a walkover after third-round opponent Milos Raonic was forced to withdraw with a knee injury, and the second seed will face Japan's Kei Nishikori in the last eight after his 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Andreas Seppi.