Novak Djokovic

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Summary

  1. Play is suspended because of rain with Novak Djokovic trailing Dominic Thiem 4-1 in fifth set of French Open men’s semi-final
  2. Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 Thiem
  3. Match was suspended because of rain on Friday with Djokovic behind in third set
  4. Winner will face 11-time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final
  5. Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty faces 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova in Saturday’s women’s final (14:00 BST)

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Jonathan Jurejko

    Biorports Sport at Roland Garros

    Play will not resume until 3pm local time, it has just been announced.

    Some of those fans gathering under the covered area at the back of the lower tier decide to go downstairs.

    And yes, that is clear blue sky above that stand…

    The problem seems to be the grey clouds drifting in over Chatrier from the south, which is behind the stand where the media seats are.

    French Open

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    Biorports Sport at Roland Garros

    Ooops, I’m clearly no Tomasz Schafernaker. Out of nowhere, the heavens open as that light sprinkle suddenly becomes a downpour.

    The players scamper inside, the covers staff race on to the court like they’re the Jamaican 4x100m relay team.

    French Open

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  3. Wind comes to Thiem’s rescue

    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-4 Thiem

    A recovery return lob from Thiem lands just in but the bounce, aided by the wind, leaves Djoko unable to deal with it.

    Break point.

    But Djoko saves.

    Now it’s raining.

    The Serb races to the chair and walks off to find shelter, followed by everybody else.

    We leave it at deuce.

  4. Post update

    Jonathan Jurejko

    Biorports Sport at Roland Garros

    Uh oh…. rain.

    A grumble of discontent from the crowd, a rustling of waterproof macs being unfolded and hoisted over heads.

    It is very light rain. A Glaswegian or a Manc would barely notice it.

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    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-4 Thiem

    30s each as Djoko finds the net.

  6. Post update

    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-4 Thiem

    Djoko will not give this up!

    30-15.

    BTW it’s starting to rain.

  7. Post update

    Jonathan Jurejko

    Biorports Sport at Roland Garros

    Dominic Thiem seems to have brought half of his hometown of Lichtenworth with him.

    Alright, a slight exaggeration.

    But his box is crammed. Kiki Mladenovic – Thiem’s girlfriend and newly-crowned world number one doubles player – is there, of course.

    Chins are being stroked during every point, fists are shaking in celebration after every winning point for their man.

  8. Post update

    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-4 Thiem

    Djoko’s next return finds the net.

    The scoreline looks good for Thiem.

    Dominic Thiem

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  9. Post update

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-3 Thiem*

    Double fault and it’s 40-30.

  10. Post update

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-3 Thiem*

    Djoko goes to his bag to get a new racquet out of his bag. Maybe it has special powers.

    Actually, he had broken a string in that previous rally.

    Nevertheless the new racquet wins him a point.

    40-15.

  11. Post update

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-3 Thiem*

    Thiem remains on the wind-friendly side of the court, hence why he is 30-0 on his serve.

  12. Thiem breaks

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-3 Thiem*

    Thiem takes the next as Djoko makes an error at the net.

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    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-2 Thiem

  14. Triple break-point for Thiem

    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-2 Thiem

  15. Post update

    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-2 Thiem

    Two Djokovic errors on the ‘bad side’ of the court brings up 0-30.

    Hmmm….

  16. Post update

    *Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-2 Thiem

    Thiem holds.

    That was huuuuuge.

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    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-1 Thiem*

    Thiem plays a poor drop which Djoko easily reaches but the Serb’s tapped forehand is too long.

    Lucky Thiem.

  18. Post update

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-1 Thiem*

    The Austrian then goes long again after a rally concludes with a long forehand.

    Break point.

  19. Post update

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-1 Thiem*

    Djoko is furious after he misses a return. His scream is heard as far as Monaco, I think.

    15-15.

    30-15 before Thiem goes long.

    30s.

  20. Post update

    Djokovic 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 1-1 Thiem*

    Despite Thiem’s heroics Djoko holds.