Melzer melts 'im

Novak Djokovic, third seed at this year’s French Open, somehow managed to chuck away a two set lead to Austrian Jurgen Melzer, and be dumped out at the quarter-final stage, 3-6 2-6 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 6-4.

The match, which must surely be the best of the tournament so far, looked to be heading for a routine win for the Serb, but Melzer found his nerve and started putting away the chances he was getting. By the end of the match, which lasted over four hours, the Court Suzanne Lenglen was rocking in a way tennis hardly ever do, and exploded when Djokovic hit a forehand over the baseline at match point.

‘I told myself, ‘It's my first quarter-finals in my life in a Grand Slam, just don't go away. Just don't make it easy for him. Fight as much as you can’,’ said Melzer, who becomes the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1995 to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros. ‘And I wasn't playing so bad, I just missed a lot of easy shots when I had the chance and the opportunity to finish the point.

‘After that I got back in, and at 2-2 in the third it was an open match. I think I got a little under his skin after the third set.’

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