Dominic Thiem reached his second consecutive French Open semifinal Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic.
Thiem ran out a 7-6, 6-3, 6-0 winner against the No. 2 seed to set up a prime-time showdown with nine-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal.
Here are five things to know about the ascending Austrian.
- Thiem’s win over Djokovic on Wednesday was the ninth Top-10 win of his career. He has two wins over each of Nadal and Federer and one each against Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils and David Ferrer.
- Thiem has won eight career ATP World Tour singles titles, six of which have been on clay. In February, he won the Rio Open in Brazil without dropping a set. He defeated a pair of Spanish clay-court specialists to win the crown, beating world No. 25 Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the semifinals and No. 24 Pablo Carreno Busta in the championship match.
- After a slow start to the season, Thiem rounded into Grand Slam form this spring. He defeated world No. 1 Murray in reaching the final of the Barcelona Open in April and he advanced to the final of the Masters 1000 Madrid Open in May, both times losing to Nadal. Thiem then handed Nadal his only loss on clay this year at the Italian Open in Rome the week before the French Open before winning just one game in a semifinal loss to Djokovic.
- A No. 2-ranked junior, Thiem has risen steadily through the ranks since turning pro in 2011. He began 2013 at No. 309 in the world rankings, climbing to No. 137 at the start of 2014 and breaking into the Top 100 two months later. He cracked the Top 50 in July that summer and has only dropped out of that elite group once since. He was seeded for the first time at a major at 2015 Wimbledon and entered the Top 10 last June following his run to the final four in Paris.
- The 23-year-old has appeared at the US Open three times. He reached the fourth round in his New York debut in 2014 on the back of wins over No. 12 seed Ernests Gulbuis and 21st-seeded Feliciano Lopez, and he made the third round in Flushing Meadows in 2015. Last year, Thiem again reached the fourth round, but was forced to retire in the second set against Juan Martin del Potro.