Thiem overcomes Djokovic and could meet Nadal in Monte Carlo

20 April 2018, 12:59 | Kristine Mills

Thiem advanced

Dominic Thiem awaits Novak Djokovic as Kyle Edmund crashes out in Monte-Carlo

Thiem beat Djokovic in straight sets in the French Open quarterfinals a year ago — including 6-0 in the third — but Djokovic won their other five meetings.

Austrian Thiem is one of the best claycourt players on tour, having reached the French Open semi-finals in each of the last two seasons, and he was impressed by his vanquished opponent's performances in Monaco. "He's one of the best players in general", Djokovic said, as quoted by ATP's official website.

"I was 10 centimetres from being out of the tournament".

Thiem, as Djokovic concedes, loves playing on the red dirt. I played without pain in the elbow, which is important. "But I'm looking forward to watching Djokovic and Coric in front of the TV and then playing the victor on Thursday".

Goffin, semifinalist previous year, next plays Grigor Dimitrov after the fourth-seeded Bulgarian beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-3 6-4. Thimm beat Russia's Andre Rublev 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

"Ideally I'd want to be playing the way I played for so many years", the former world number one, now ranked 13, said.

And Herbert, the world number 82, wrapped up the opening set with another break as Dimitrov mishit a forehand into the stands.

Assad 'in a good mood' despite missile strikes on Syria
In the U.S. , the President was slammed for his use of the phrase 'Mission Accomplished!' in a tweet following the airstrikes. He took to Twitter on Saturday morning and wrote "Mission Accomplished" - adopting a phrase that haunted President George W.

Israeli flags burned in mass protest on Gaza-Israel border
The AFP has reported one man, 36-year-old Sumaya Abu Awad, saying "I have no fear of dying because there is no life in Gaza ". Israel says it is doing what it must to defend its border, and to stop any of the protesters getting across the fence.

$533M Mega Millions jackpot victor revealed to claim cash
He revealed himself as the mystery victor during Friday's news conference at New Jersey Lottery headquarters in Trenton. If the victor chooses the cash option, he or she will receive a little more than $324 million. "It was truly awesome ".

Bautista Agut then gave Goffin a headache by rallying back from 5-1 down in the second, saving two match points to draw level, but a break of serve at a crucial point enabled the Belgian to close out a 6-4 7-5 win.

Djokovic did save three set points in the first set, and the momentum carried over into the tiebreak. "I'm obviously lacking that match play".

"All I (could) do was just fight and find a way to win, how doesn't really matter".

Third seed Alexander Zverev defeated a mid-match blip to beat fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff 6 4 46 6 4, but was refused a quarterfinal interview his elderly brother Mischa, that lost 6-2 7-5 to Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Zherdev beat Luxembourg's Giles Muller 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

World number three without hitting a ball Marin Cilic progressed Milos Raonic withdrew due to a knee injury. "I mean, I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kind of emotions again", said the 12-time Grand Slam champion.

Sixth seed David Goffin defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 7-5 in a match that included a weird incident involving a ball boy.

The world number 55 trailed 4-2 in the decider, but broke back immediately before clinching the tie-break when a Pouille return dropped into the base of the net.

Other News

Trending Now

Lyrid meteor shower starts Monday night
It's always remarkable to see how surprised people are when they spot a meteor, since bright meteors are not all that uncommon. Last time Comet Thatcher came close to the sun was in 1861 and it is expected to return nearly 260 years from now, in 2276.

Reported overnight missile strikes on Syrian airbases a false alarm
The Washington Post first reported that Trump had put a stop to a plan for additional economic sanctions on Russian Federation . A Pentagon spokesman said there was no United States military activity in that area at this time.

President Trump meets with Japan's prime minister
North Korea has been crippled by decades of communist rule with the vast majority of its population living is destitution. Trump also noted Pompeo's meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un , saying the two got along "really well".

Trump Says Talks With North Korea's Kim In 'May Or Early June'
Kim Jong Un's attendance is not mandatory, although in previous occasions he has made speeches at the events. As of 12 April, the China-based, North Korea-run Our Nation School is still linking to the spoof account.

Ohio authorities probe 'horrific' trapped teen's death in minivan
Chris Carver with the National Emergency Numbers Association said it's rare for a 911 center to experience a serious failure. Carver and Roger Hixson, the association's technical director, only spoke generally and not on the particulars of this case.

Trash your lettuce! E. coli outbreak in NJ traced to Ariz
The source of the outbreak can, as of now, only be traced to chopped romaine lettuce from the growing region of Yuma, Arizona. The CDC reports cases in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington, Idaho , Missouri, Connecticut and New Jersey has the most outbreaks.

Sean Hannity Is The Client Whose Identity Michael Cohen Wanted Kept Secret
That would seem to indicate that Hannity believed his conversations with Cohen were protected by attorney-client privilege - or at least he wanted them to be.

Hornets fire head coach Clifford
Clifford is the third head coach to be fired since the regular season ended on Wednesday. It'll be interesting to see who the Hornets bring in to replace Clifford.

Volkswagen names new chief executive in boardroom revamp
Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, joins the Group Board of Management, and takes on the responsibility for group production. Shares in Volkswagen spiked earlier this week after the company said it was considering management changes.

Two athletes ordered to leave Commonwealth Games on first flight home
Ms Martin said an investigation into the incident had found denials by the two athletes to be "unreliable and evasive". However, India will not appeal against his exclusion as he was responsible for the bag.