Austria's Dominic Thiem has ended world number one Novak Djokovic's dream of becoming just the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice. Thiem's 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 win in the semi-final of the French Open set up a repeat of last year's final against 11-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Thiem will also attempt to become just Austria's second Grand Slam men's champion after Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995. He is also the first Austrian to enter multiple Grand Slam finals.
The semi-final had been suspended overnight Friday with Djokovic complaining about the 'extreme wind' in the stadium. When play was halted, with the top seed trailing 1-3 in the third set, there was still around two hours of daylight remaining. However, tournament organisers defended the decision after winds of up to 80km/h were forecast throughout the evening in Paris.
"I congratulate Dominic, he played great, especially in the important moments. Obviously, when you're playing in hurricane-like conditions it's hard to play your best," Djokovic said.
In the first semi-final on Friday, Nadal had powered past Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to book a 12th appearance in the championship match. He could also move to within two of Federer on the all-time Grand Slam title winners' list with an 18th major.