French Open: Djokovic Blows Lead, Loses to Austrian Journey Man
Another major upset has rocked the French Open. After Roger Federer and Serena Williams were sent packing, men’s third seed Novak Djokovic followed the same path as he squandered a two-set lead in losing to journey man Jurgen Melzer of Austria, 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-7 4-6, in their quarterfinal showdown.
Melzer, who has never reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam before, is the first Austrian to reach the semifinals since Thomas Muster went all the way to defeat Michael Chang in the 1995 final. Melzer was headed to a straight-sets defeat after losing the first two frames rather easily, but rallied starting the fourth game of third set, when the Austrian broke the third-seeded Serbian’s serve.
Up next for Melzer is four-time champion Rafael Nadal, who reached the semifinals with a hard-fought 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. The other semifinal will pit 15th seed Tomas Berdych against Robin Soderling, the man responsible for ending the reign of Federer this year and Nadal last year.