Jordan Thompson enjoyed a career-best grand slam run at the French Open. Picture: Getty.
Jordan Thompson enjoyed a career-best grand slam run at the French Open. Picture: Getty.

Thompson out as rival shafted for Serena

AUSTRALIAN Jordan Thompson's career-best grand slam run has come to an end with a ruthless Juan Martin del Potro dominating their French Open showdown.

In a match peppered with exchanges with French umpire Manuel Absolu, del Potro was too powerful and solid, winning the third-round clash 6-4 6-4 6-0.

Thompson, 25, departs with the largest prizemoney cheque - $238,000 - of his career and a rejuvenated ranking.

The New South Welshman climbs to No 61 after reaching the round of 32 at a major for the first time.

After making only five unforced errors in an epic second-round win over Ivo Karlovic, Thompson was compromised by del Potro's easy power.

The Argentine unloaded 37 winners to Thompson's 33, but restricted his unforced error count to 16 - half the Australian's.

And in rallies extending beyond nine shots, del Potro held sway 15-3.

 

Dominic Thiem won but was stilled pushed aside.
Dominic Thiem won but was stilled pushed aside.

Meanwhile world No. 4 Dominic Thiem was left fuming at French Open officials after being shafted from his own press conference by Serena Williams.

Thiem was speaking to the media following his third-round victory over Pablo Cuevas, just as Williams was having the finishing touches put on her shock loss to Sofia Kenin.

Traditionally, Williams likes to get her media commitments out of the way as soon as possible after a loss, so she quickly made her way to the interview room.

The only problem was, Thiem wasn't ready to move on for the sake of Williams.

Serena Williams was sent packing from the French Open. Picture: AP Photo
Serena Williams was sent packing from the French Open. Picture: AP Photo

"I don't really get it, seriously," he said after being told he would need to move to a different room.

"I mean, what the hell? No, but it's a joke, really.

"I have to leave the room because she's coming?"

Thiem initially moved to a smaller interview room, before deciding he had officially had enough, leaving without answering any additional questions or doing TV interviews.

News Corp Australia


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