Djokovic falls to history-maker Cecchinato, Zverev out
06 June, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Greg Lawrence
Spaniard Verdasco had earlier demonstrated his class on clay with a straightforward win over disillusioned fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov. The pair were evenly matched until Verdasco edged ahead in the ensuing tie-break.
Djokovic had two set points at 6-5 in the second but went on to lose a tie-break.
While Cecchinato cruised through the first set with Djokovic suffering from neck pain, he battled through the second set to give himself a huge lead over the former world No.1.
Zverev produced some stunning tennis in the closing stages of a dramatic fourth-round victory and will next face Dominic Thiem who reached a third successive quarter-final in Paris by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.
19th seed Kei Nishikori triumphed in straight sets against Frenchman Gilles Simon by 6-3 6-1 6-3 in nearly half the time of two hours and one minute.
On Tuesday, his 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 victory over Novak Djokovic sent him through to the semifinals of a Grand Slam event, a remarkable achievement for a man who broke into the world's top 100 only in November.
"In the most important moments I managed to play an extra shot in the court, made him run and made him uncomfortable".
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Earlier in the day Keys, the 13th seed, reached the semi-finals for the first time by seeing off Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/5), 6-4. You know, for me, not having so many matches in the last period, this is great. "I knew I had to take risks", Cecchinato said. There were moments in that tiebreak when it felt like Djokovic would force the final set and then there was a freaky moment, when Djokovic skied the ball when he could have taken the set.
Thiem boasts being the only player to have defeated Rafael Nadal on clay prior to Roland Garros this year in the Madrid quarter-finals, ending the 10-time French Open champion's 21-match winning streak on clay.
The underdog shocked Djokovic on Tuesday, beating the 2016 Roland Garros champion 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6. This will be Zverev's first quarterfinal match in a Grand Slam, so Thiem edges him in experience.
Keys, the US Open runner-up a year ago, will face either Czech 26th seed Barbora Strycova or Yulia Putintseva, the 98th-ranked Kazakh, for a place in the semi-finals.
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