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Defending French Open champion Novak Djokovic has been accused of tanking the last set of his quarter-final against Dominic Thiem by tennis great John McEnroe.

Austrian sixth seed Thiem sent the world number two crashing to his earliest loss in Paris in seven years with a memorable 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-0 triumph.

Nadal reached the semis after fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew from their match with an abdominal injury while trailing 6-2 2-0. The other men's quarterfinals later Wednesday are Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori, and Stan Wawrinka vs. Marin Cilic. Just a pretty bad set. It's only the second time Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.

"Trust me, I'm thinking about many things", he said. "He was definitely the better player on the court today".

"I don't know how many games I lost this year, but I really don't care about this".

"So what is being said is positive, but maybe I won't be up to the challenge. This final set, of course, that's all me", Djokovic said.

His French Open title defense nearing an end, Novak Djokovic stumbled and tumbled to his knees on the red clay, his racket flying from his right hand as his opponent's backhand zipped past.

It's worrying too for Djokovic, who blew a 4-2 lead in the first set.

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In five matches at Roland Garros, Nadal has only spent eight hours on court.

The second-seeded Djokovic had two set points in the opener but couldn't convert either.

It was 12-times grand slam champion Djokovic's first defeat before the semi-finals in Paris since 2010 when he was also beaten by an Austrian, Juergen Melzer.

"It happens to almost all players, at some point in your career you're going to go a little bit flat, you're fighting with yourself, you're not making the right choices, you have to think about everything, you're not feeling anything and I think he was trying to do too much with his backhands, he missed a lot of backhands".

In the mixed-doubles semi-finals on Wednesday, seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna of India and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada will take on third seeds Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.

"I'm playing well, I'm moving ahead", Nadal said afterward.

Wawrinka's lone worrying moment resulted when he nearly turned an ankle near the net in the last game against Cilic.

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