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Novak Djokovic sails past Zverev and into semi-final with Dominic Thiem

• World No 1 defeats German No 5 seed 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
• Thiem makes short work of Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2

Novak Djokovic reached the last of his nine French Open semi-finals in 2016 but the world No 1 could hardly have announced his return to the concluding weekend of the tournament more emphatically than he did on Thursday in thrashing the No 5 seed, Alexander Zverev, in straight sets.

Since losing in the quarter-finals last year against Marco Cecchinato Djokovic has won 26 grand slam tournament matches in a row. If the reigning Wimbledon, US Open and Australian champion can win another two here, he will hold all four majors concurrently for a second time. If he can extend that run to Wimbledon and New York, he will complete the first calendar slam since Rod Laver in 1969. It is some ask but he seems to have the enthusiasm and energy for it – and the fitness.

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