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Diego reaches French semis

Argentine 12th seed Diego Schwartzman defeated US Open champion and third seed Dominic Thiem in a five-hour epic on Tuesday to reach the Roland Garros semi-finals.

DIEGO Schwartzman (pictured) will play in the French Open men’s singles semi-finals for the first time after defeating his good friend, Austria’s world number 3 Dominic Thiem, in an epic five-set quarter-final in the early hours of Wednesday morning (Australian time).

The 28-year-old Argentine, seeded 12th, continued his red-hot form from being a finalist in the Italian Open a fortnight ago, by breezing through the first four rounds in Paris without losing a set.

In a five-hour marathon full of twists against Thiem, Schwartzman eventually prevailed 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-2.

The pair traded blows in an intense battle that featured some marathon games, including one that lasted 15 minutes.

“This match was very important to me – Dominic is one of the best players right now in the world [and] we are friends. I have a lot of respect for him,” Schwartzman said.

Thiem said, “I’m so disappointed [but] I’m still happy for him”.

Schwartzman will next face second seed Rafael Nadal – whom he beat for the first time at the Italian Open.

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