Djokovic-Thiem semifinal suspended due to rain

After Rafael Nadal hammered Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem was a break up in the third set against Novak Djokovic when play was called off.

Novak Djokovic will face Dominic Thiem in a French Open 2019 semifinal fixture.   -  Getty IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE blog of the 2019 French Open semifinals.

 

10:02pm: The Novak Djokovic-Dominic Thiem semifinal match will be continued on Saturday.

Wind speeds of up to 45km per hour at Roland-Garros but there's no rain yet at Roland-Garros, though a storm might be coming.

That's it for today.

A quick recap: Ash Barty came from a set down to beat Amanda Anisimova 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3; Joanna Konta lost 5-7, 6-7 (2) to Marketa Vondrousova after serving for both sets; and Roger Federer's French Open comeback after two years ended in the semis as it had five times before: in a loss to great rival Rafael Nadal, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

9:12pm: Another rain delay. Dominic Thiem leads Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 3-1.

9:10pm: Djokovic hits it long and Thiem breaks for the first time in the third set. He leads 3-1.

Uh-oh. Looks like rain again. Play has been suspended. The players have gone back into the dressing rooms, so it could mean a longer break.

8:59pm: Djokovic holds. 1-all in the third set.

8:56pm: Thiem using the wind! He uses it to his advantage four times in the last rally to bring up break point.

8:52pm: An ace gives Thiem the first game of the third set. He holds to love.

8:48pm: An excellent recovery by Novak Djokovic. It's one set all now.

8:47pm: A second ace of the game brings up two set points for Djokovic.

8:45pm: A netcord sends a Thiem forehand long, and Djokovic breaks and will serve for the second set at 5-3.

8:44pm: Djokovic has his first two break points of the match.

8:40pm: A love game for Djokovic. He leads the second set 4-3.

8:37pm: Theim holds. It's 3-all.

8:36pm: At deuce, Thiem's booming forehand gets him advantage.

Stat attack: Djokovic is 5 of 15 in net points this match. Thiem is 3 of 3.

8:35pm: Play resumes after a short interruption. Dominic Thiem resumes his service game at 30-love.

8:24pm: And the players walk off court as play is suspended because of rain.

Dominic Thiem leads Novak Djokovic 6-2, 2-3, 30-0.

8:22pm: Thiem and then Djokovic hold to love.

8:15pm: A difficult hold for Novak Djokovic.

8:12pm: Novak Djokovic serves and volleys his way to safety. Deuce.

8:11pm: Djokovic in trouble at 0-30. He nearly gifts Thiem three break points, but the Austrian sends a forehand long. But Thiem has two break points immediately.

8:09pm: Thiem's monster forehand is punishing Djokovic. It's 1-all in the second set.

Also, Djokovic finally won a couple of more points on Thiem's serve. He won just one in the entire first set.

8:06pm: Djokovic holds to love to begin the second set.

8:02pm: Thiem brings up three set points. And wins to love.

Dominic Thiem wins the first set 6-2 in just 28 minutes! He won the last 12 points of that set.

Djokovic won just one point on Thiem's serve in that first set. The world No. 1 doesn't look happy playing amid the gusting wind. His opponent doesn't seem to care.

He may be the 2018 Roland-Garros runner-up, but Novak Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion.

7:58pm: Thiem breaks Djokovic to love for a 5-2 lead!

7:56pm: Three monster forehands takes Theim to 40-love on serve. A service winner wraps it up. Thiem's lost just one point in three service games and leads 4-2.

7:52pm: An easy hold for Djokovic. Thiem to serve at 3-2.

7:49pm: The breeze now is far stronger than during the Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer match.

7:48pm: Dominic Thiem holds to love and leads 3-1.

And suddenly a bit of sunshine peeps through the clouds.

7:47pm: Play resumes after a very quick stoppage. Thiem serves at 2-1 in the opening set.

7:45pm: The players are waiting now as some umbrellas come out. Djokovic was unhappy that that last service game of his continued after a few drops of rain.

7:43pm: Thiem breaks! He takes the early 2-1 lead.

7:42pm: Djokovic at the net is unable to keep a monster backhand from Thiem. Theim has two break points after that 18-shot rally.

7:40pm: Thiem's first ace wins him the game. It's 1-all.

And he races to 30-0 on the Djokovic serve.

7:37pm: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic begins his semifinal match against No. 4 Dominic Thiem.

And he begins with a hold to love.

4:29pm: Ashleigh Barty is into the Roland-Garros final!

What a semifinal! The match of the tournament... so far. And what a performance by the 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova.

Barty, on her sixth match point, wraps up the match 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

4:28pm: Barty brings up three match points.

4:25pm: AMANDA ANISIMOVA SAVES THREE MATCH POINTS! AND SHE HOLDS SERVE!

I REPEAT: AMANDA ANISIMOVA SAVED THREE MATCH POINTS IN THAT LAST GAME!

Ash Barty will serve for a place in the final at 5-3 now.

4:23pm: Marketa Vondrousova is our first 2019 French Open finalist!

Vondrousova becomes the first teenager to reach the final of a Grand Slam since Ana Ivanovic at the 2007 French Open. She breaks British hearts and beats Joanna Konta 7-5, 7-6 (2) to reach the final.

While Barty has three match points. Anisimova saves one.

4:22pm: Match point for Vondrousova.

4:21pm: Vondrousova is up 4-2 against Konta in the tiebreak.

4:20pm: Barty holds serve and is a game away from the final.

4:17pm: Barty breaks Anisimova for a 4-2 lead in the third set.

Vondrousova go 2-0 up in the tiebreak.

4:16pm: Konta holds. Vondrousova to serve first in the tiebreak.

And Barty has two break points on Anisimova.

4:15pm: Barty holds serve for a 3-2 lead, then go 30-0 on Anisimova's serve.

4:13pm: Marketa Vondrousova holds to love for a 7-5, 6-5 lead. She's one game away from the final.

Joanna Konta is chasing history here, but has lost the games that mattered most. She's the first Grand Slam semifinalist from Great Britain since Jo Durie at the 1982 US Open. No woman from Great Britain has won a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade at the 1972 Australian Open.

4:10pm: Vondrousova has two break points as Konta serves for the second set. Konta saves one. Vondrousova converts the second. It's 5-all in the second set. Deja vu.

Barty has a fourth break point. And she converts it for 2-all in the third set.

4:08pm: Anisimova saves the second break point. Barty has one more. Anisimova saves that too!

4:07pm: Three break points for Ash Barty. One saved.

4:04pm: Anisimova has a break point. And she breaks! Amanda Anisimova serves at 2-1 in the final set, breaking a seven-game win streak by Barty.

Konta serves for the second set against Vondrousova at 5-4.

4:01pm: An easy hold for Anisimova. It's 1-all in the decider.

Meanwhile, Konta holds serve for 5-3 in the second set. She was in the same position in the first set, but Vondrousova then rattled off four games in a row.

3:58pm: Ash Barty holds her serve to start the third set against Amanda Anisimova. That was a long game: 14 points.

3:56pm: Anisimova draws Barty with a delicate crosscourt backhand slice. Then a delicate crosscourt backhand slice passing shot makes it deuce in the opening game of the third set.

3:54pm: Anisimova holds a break point, but Barty serves down an ace.

Konta holds for a 4-2 lead over Vondrousova in the other semifinal.

3:49pm: Barty has three set points on the Anisimova serve. And she needs just one. It's one set all.

This match has already seen three complete turnarounds from the two players.

3:47pm: Konta holds to lead the second set 3-1 against Vondrousova.

Barty holds to love for a 5-3 lead in the second set against Anisimova.

3:44pm: Barty has two break points on Anisimova. One saved. Barty converts the second.

This match has swung wildly. Barty won the first five games. Anisimova took the next six. After a Barty hold, Anisimova won the tiebreak and the next three games. Now Barty has won four games in a row.

At one point, Anisimova won 17 points in a row.

3:42pm: Konta breaks Vondrousova for a 2-1 lead in the second set.

3:41pm: Barty holds for 3-3 in the second set.

3:37pm: Ash Barty has a break point on Amanda Anisimova. And she makes it. She serves at 2-3 in the second set.

3:34pm: The two teenagers have won their opening sets in their women's singles semifinals. There's not been an all-teenager Grand Slam final since Serena Williams beat Martina Hingis for her Major title at the 1999 US Open.

The last two female teenagers to win Grand Slams titles were Maria Sharapova at the 2004 Wimbledon and Svetlana Kuznetsova at the 2004 US Open.

The last teenager to win a Grand Slam was Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open.

3:31pm: Marketa Vondrousova breaks Joanna Konta to win the first set 7-5! Konta had serve for the set at 5-4.

3:30pm: Another hold to love! Anisimova has won 17 points in a row! She leads Barty 7-6, 3-0.

3:28pm: Anisimova has three break points on Barty's serve! That's 13 points in a row! Anisimova breaks Barty to go ahead 2-0 in the second set.

3:26pm: Anisimova starts the second set with a hold to love against Barty.

Vondrousova holds to lead Konta 6-5.

3:22pm: Anisimova has two set points on her serve. She just needs one! Five points in a row to win that tiebreak.

Amanda Anisimova comes back from 0-5 down after 14 minutes with Ash Barty serving for the set. The 17-year-old takes the first-set tiebreak 7-4. Breathtaking!

On Court Simone-Matthieu, Marketa Vondrousova breaks Joanna Konta, who was serving for the first set at 5-4!

3:21pm: Anisimova makes it 4-all. Then 5-4! The young American takes the lead in the tiebreaker for the first time. It's her serve now.

3:19pm: Anisimova gets it back to 2-2. Barty then makes it 3-2 to her. Then 4-2.

Vondrousova holds serve. Konta to serve for the first set at 5-4.

3:17pm: Barty gets the first advantage in the first-set tiebreak at 2-0.

Vondrousova double-faults to get Konta a third set point. Vondrousova saves it. Deuce again.

3:16pm: Konta has two sets points on the Vondrousova serve. Both saved.

3:15pm: Anisimova saves the third break point. Barty then gets another break point and the break. 6-6 and a tiebreak.

3:14pm: Anisimova saves the second break point. And she faces break point No. 3.

3:13pm: A break point for Barty. Anisimova saves it. Deuce. And a second break point for Barty.

Konta holds for 5-3 against Vondrousova.

3:09pm: Anisimova has two break points! Barty just can't keep the ball in play. Anisimova has won six games in a row and will serve for the first set now.

Konta is up a break on Vondrousova at 4-3.

3:07pm: Konta holds for a 4-2 lead over the 19-year-old Vondrousova.

What an effort from Amanda Anisimova! After 15 minutes, the 17-year-old was 0-5 down and Ash Barty held two set points. It's 5-5 now.

3:03pm: Anisimova breaks again! She serves at 4-5 now. What a turnaround!

3:02pm: Anisimova holds a break point, which Barty saves. Deuce.

Joanna Konta breaks Marketa Vondrousova to take a 3-2 lead in the first set.

3:00pm: Anisimova holds serve. Barty serves for the first set a second time at 5-3.

2:57pm: Woah! Amanda Anisimova wins two break points and brings the score to 5-2. She's didn't come this far to be bageled.

2:53pm: Anisimova saves two set points to avoid a bagel. At least she's got something out of this first set that's been all Barty. 5-1.

2:49pm: 5-0 now! She's unstoppable and seems like there's nothing Anisimova can do about it.

2:47pm: Barty is on fire! A delicious drop gives her a 4-0 lead.

This could be a good time to look at Thursday's shot of the day from the men's world number one.

 

2:44pm: Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova are in action on Court Simone-Mathieu. Konta leads 2-0 in the first set.

Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the last four at Roland-Garros since Jo Durie in 1983, beating 2018 runner-up Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

READ | Konta beaming after breaking new ground at French Open

And 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova the first teenager since Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 to reach this stage of a Grand Slam, beating Petra Martic in straight sets.

2:42pm: Barty has cruised through the first three games of the first set, 6 minutes and 3-0 up. Anisimova hasn't really got going yet.

2:36pm: Rain has let up! And Barty and Anisimova are in action on Suzanne-Lenglen.

On Court Suzanne-Lenglen, eighth seed Ashleigh Barty takes on 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal of the year, stunning defending champion Simona Halep in the quarterfinal.

READ | Who is Amanda Anisimova?

The 5"5 Barty is the breakout star of the year. Just 23, she'd had quite a storied career. In 2013, she reached the doubles finals at the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open at age 16-17. But at the end of 2015, Barty took a break from tennis because, in her own words, she wanted to have normal experiences.

Barty spent 2016 playing cricket in the Women's Big Bash League and the Women's National Cricket League in Australia. She returned to tennis the years after, winning her first WTA title and cracking the top 20 in the world as well as making a fourth doubles Grand Slam final.

In 2018, Barty won the US Open doubles title with CoCo Vandeghe and also the WTA Elite Trophy, the biggest title of her singles career.

At this year's Australian Open, she made the quarterfinal of a Major for the first time.

Preview and Order of play

We have a Friday blockbuster lined up for us, if the weather in Paris behaves, that is.

READ | French Open 2019: Federer and Nadal resume rivalry, Djokovic faces Thiem

The French Open is the only Grand Slam without a retractable roof. But that won't be for long. Court Philippe-Chatrier was largely demolished after the 2018 tournament and rebuilt in time for this year's edition, and it'll have a retractable roof in place for 2020.

Friday's order of play

Court Suzanne-Lenglen

2:30pm: Ashleigh Barty (8) vs Amanda Anisimova

Court Simonne-Mathieu

2:30pm: Joanna Konta (26) vs Marketa Vondrousova

Court Philippe-Chartier

4:20pm: Rafael Nadal (2) vs Roger Federer (3)

6:20pm*: Novak Djokovic (1) vs Dominic Thiem (4)

*Estimated

 

Day 12 Highlights - Djokovic cruises past Thiem, Anisimova stuns Halep

 

The top four seeds in the men's singles draw are into the semifinals of a Grand Slam for first time since the 2013 Australian Open.

2013 Australian Open: 1) Novak Djokovic, 2) Roger Federer, 3) Andy Murray, 4) David Ferrer.

2019 French Open: 1) Novak Djokovic, 2) Rafael Nadal, 3) Roger Federer, 4) Dominic Thiem.

Meanwhile, the women's singles has four first-time Roland-Garros semifinalists, three of whom are first-time Grand Slam semifinalists.

While we wait, here are highlights from Tuesday's exciting Federer-Wawrinka clash

Federer-Nadal at Roland-Garros after eight years

A Federer-Nadal clash on clay is coming for the first time since 2013 in Rome and the final in 2011 was the last time they met at the French Open. Federer hasn't beaten Nadal on clay since 2009. The 20-time Grand Slam champion knows how tough a match against the King of Clay can be, especially when returning to clay after a break of four years. "If you want to achieve something on clay, inevitable, at some stage, you have to go through Rafa."