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Marco Cecchinato enjoys life-changing victory - French Open 2018

GrigorDimitrov- cropped Grigor Dimitrov in action at the French Open
Isaac Mcdaniel | 06 June, 2018, 00:41

Djokovic will next play another Spanish player, Fernando Verdasco.

When pressed on whether that meant he would not play at Wimbledon, the 31-year-old Serb was non-committal.

The 25-year-old, who was ranked 957 just six weeks before her maiden Grand Slam triumph last year after a series of injury problems, is now into the last four of a major for the third time.

The 12-time grand slam victor was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world No.72 Marco Cecchinato.

Thiem, who lost in the semis to Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal a year ago, said he is now better-equipped to go all the way.

"I always play well at a Slam and always build my form to peak at a Slam". He's playing well. He's going to play Dominic who is also in great form.

"It was a great fight, nearly four hours", Djokovic said of his win.

Thiem reached his third successive French Open semi-final with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 demolition of a hobbled and exhausted Alexander Zverev who admitted he was close to quitting the tie.

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He would not face 10-time champion Rafael Nadal - a rematch of the 2012 and 2014 finals - until the final.

But all eyes will be on Monday's showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, with the latter trying to end an 18-match losing streak to her bitter rival.

Errors from both players made it an entertaining, if not high quality, opener as they battled it out from the baseline.

Cecchinato, who will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem in the semifinals, is unlikely to match that story line, but he will always have Tuesday's stirring victory over Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion and a former No. 1.

Down 5-2 in the fourth set, Cecchinato rose from the ashes to take the set to the tiebreak - a tiebreak that went for over 20 minutes. I'm very happy because it's unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic in a quarter-final at Roland Garros.

Djokovic somehow regrouped to win the third set at a canter, and a suddenly frustrated Cecchinato was hit with a point penalty.

He punched the air in delight before celebrating by wearing a white beret flung on to the court and doing his now-customary arm throw to all four sides of Chatrier.

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said Keys. "So after Roland Garros, I need some rest and to realize the moment, and we will see my life", the world number 72, the lowest-ranked player to reach this stage at Roland Garros since Andrei Medvedev in 1999, told reporters. "After then I warmed up and it was better, but yeah, just a pity that I couldn't capitalise on some break points at 4-1 in the fourth set".

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