Dominic Thiem upsets top-seed Novak Djokovic to reach second consecutive French Open final

Novak Djokovic

For the second consecutive year, Dominic Thiem will face Rafael Nadal in the French Open final at Roland-Garros in Paris.

Thiem took down top-seeded Novak Djokovic in five sets in a semifinal match that was twice delayed by rain.

The match began Friday before being postponed by rain in the third set. Play resumed Saturday but was again delayed for over an hour with Thiem leading 4-1 in the decisive fifth set.

Once back on the court, Djokovic stormed back to pull even at 5-5, but Thiem eventually finished him off, winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 and setting up a rematch with Nadal in Sunday’s final. Nadal, who beat Roger Federer Friday, defeated Thiem in straight sets last year for his 11th French Open crown. 

Nadal has never lost a French Open final.

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