Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Novak Djokovic beaten by Marco Cecchinato in French Open quarter-finals

GrigorDimitrov- cropped Grigor Dimitrov in action at the French Open
Tamara Craig | 06 June, 2018, 03:29

The 23-year-old American has now reached at least the last-eight of all four majors, after ending the dream run of Buzarnescu, who had never won a Grand Slam match before the tournament.

The 34-year-old Verdasco will next face either his compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut or former champion Novak Djokovic for a quarter-final spot.

After losing a point during the tiebreaker in the second set, Djokovic angrily whacked his racket into the clay.

Djokovic, who was sitting in a small press room without mics and just in front of a few journalists (most of them were waiting in the main press room), said he doesn't know whether if he will play Wimbledon next month. "I made that break at 3-1 and held my serve, and that helped because I knew that if we went the distance then I had a good chance", Djokovic said. "Because if I played just to stay in points, I could never beat Novak".

The tennis star was charged with match fixing and prohibited match betting. Maybe I am sleeping. He deserved. And that's something everybody should do.On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it's a hard one to swallow.' Asked if it's the most painful defeat in his career, Djokovic replied: 'No.

"It was an incredible, high-level match", said Zverev.

Italy's Marco Cecchinato celebrates after a point against Serbia's Novak Djokovic during their men's singles quarter-final match on day ten of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 5, 2018.

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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.

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.

Djokovic had his neck massaged by a trainer after dropping the first set.

"I'm a better player in general, for sure".

The Serbian tennis star, who made his return earlier this year after being sidelined for nearly six months due to an elbow injury, was involved in a tight battle against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on court Suzanne-Lenglen. I was so exhausted, but I won the match. awesome.

Stephens, the 10th seed, had previously made the fourth round for four successive seasons and will next play either Australian Open champion and second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

"For me, it's the first time semi-final grand slam".

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