Djokovic and Thiem into semi-finals

Halep and Djokovic storm into French Open quarterfinals

Halep and Djokovic storm into French Open quarterfinals

The German fifth seed pushed Djokovic close in the first set, but appeared to collapse in the next two sets with the 2016 French Open champion utterly dominant in securing his place in Friday's semi-final with the fourth seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who lost last year's final to 11-times victor Rafael Nadal.

Dominic Thiem is coming off a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 26 games to decide.

"I have played plenty of, I think, tight matches in my career, that I can rely on that experience". The 25-year-old Thiem is still waiting for a maiden Grand Slam title, but was happy to reserve some energy in a straightforward win over risky Frenchman Gael Monfils last time out. "But I will step on the court tomorrow, try everything and, of course, give everything".

"The biggest thing I was remembering was, because I was trying to hit my backhand down the line like her, I knew everytime she was going to hit her backhand down the line". And I've been playing some pretty good tennis.

Wednesday's washout means Friday will now be a bumper semi-finals day as the last four matches in both singles draws will take place then.

Djokovic - the No. 1 men's player in the world - is 6-2 against Thiem.

Thiem obviously has a shot to win this match based on his clay success and the fact he's beaten Djokovic on this surface twice.

The last two women's quarterfinals were washed out Wednesday, moving them to Thursday.

Amanda Anisimova defeated qualifier Aliona Bolsova on Monday to become the youngest French Open quarterfinalist in 13 years.

Djokovic beat Zverev in 2:09 on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The Serb saved three break points before he was eventually broken in the ninth game but the 32-year-old immediately broke back, when Zverev served for the first set.

Anisimova won the first set but ended up losing to Kurumi Nara 3-6 7-5 6-4 in the opening round, and upon returning to the junior level she clinched the US Open girls' singles title. Djokovic dominated the second set, taking a 3-0 lead before Zverev could claim a point.

However, he won their only meeting on clay in the Italian Open final in 2017 in straight sets and beat him in the ATP Finals later that year. The Frenchman finished with 79 unforced errors.