By Mike Dickson for the Daily Mail
Published: 20:25 BST, 6 October 2020 | Updated: 20:33 BST, 6 October 2020
A shattered Dominic Thiem was left standing as a symbol of tennis's upside-down world after a French Open defeat of epic proportions.
By the end of a five hour and eight minute struggle against Diego Schwartzman the effort of capturing his US Open title last month had well and truly overwhelmed him, and all he could offer was a miscued dropshot to hand his opponent victory.
Paris was where he was meant to excel, but instead he is left with New York after being beaten in the quarter finals by the 5'7' pocket battleship from Argentina. Schwartzman won 7-6, 5-7, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 in what was the sixth longest match of the tournament's history.
Dominic Thiem was on the losing end of a five-hour epic at the French Open on Tuesday night
Argentine star Diego Schwartzman was left to toast the exhausting win at Roland Garros
The epic match exceeded five hours with every point feeling like a war for the two players
An overloaded schedule - always likely to cause the players disruption - meant that a late night was in store for whoever is now going to play Schwartzman on Friday, either Rafael Nadal or the 19 year-old Italian Jannik Sinner.
With neither player gaining many free points in the heavy conditions every point felt like a war, and the Austrian had nothing left to give by the end.
It would have been over