Novak Djokovic: 'Thiem showed why he is one of the best players'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Thiem showed why he is one of the best players'

Novak Djokovic lost to Dominic Thiem in a five-set French Open semifinal match. The Serbian player said: "I congratulate Dominic. He played great, especially in the important moments. Made some really good slices and passing shots.

Yeah, he just managed to put one ball extra in the court at the end of the match. Heavy forehands and down the wind from one side was much easier to play the entire match. Obviously when we came back the last time, there was a bit less wind, but still, it was a lot of advantage, so to say, playing from that one end.

But, you know, congratulations to him. He's playing great tennis. He showed why he's one of the best players in the world, and I wish him best for the final. There is always something large at stake when you're one of the top players of the world and play in the biggest tournaments.

It's not any different this time." Analyzing the final stages of the fifth set, Djokovic added: "It was unfortunate. I had 30-Love and made a double fault and got him back in the game. Yeah, it was a crucial game.

Obviously also the last game, 30-15. But, you know, credit to him. He just played the right shots and put me, you know, out of the comfortable position in the court, and then he could open up as he did in the match point and finish off with a winner.

I don't think I have done too much wrong, you know, to be honest, in the entire tournament. This match was always going to be tough because Dominic is a fantastic player on clay, in general, but especially on clay. Yeah, it's just unfortunate, you know, this kind of matches, one or two points decide a winner."