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Tyro Thiem beats Goffin to reach French Open semis

Tennis - French Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal match - Roland Garros - Dominic Thiem of Austria v David Goffin of Belgium - Paris, France - 2/06/16. Goffin eyes the ball. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Tennis - French Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal match - Roland Garros - Dominic Thiem of Austria v David Goffin of Belgium - Paris, France - 2/06/16. Goffin eyes the ball. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - Gutsy young gun Dominic Thiem saw off Belgium's David Goffin 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 6-1 in a French Open clash on Thursday to reach his first grand slam semi-final, where he will face world number one Novak Djokovic.

Both players took time to find their range in cold, damp conditions and the first three games yielded three breaks of serve, including one that 12th-seeded Goffin conceded on a double fault.

Thiem, seeded 13, began finding the lines with heavy groundstrokes off both wings but, as his accuracy then waned, the Belgian tightened his defensive play, creating openings to attack the Austrian's weaker backhand and winning the set on his first set point.

But after a tight second set that Thiem shaded 9-7 in the tiebreak, the Austrian added the precision that his power game had earlier been missing to take the third and fourth sets more comfortably.

(Reporting by John Stonestreet, editing by Julien Pretot)

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