Italy's Marco Cecchinato stuns Novak Djokovic to reach Roland Garros last four

Italy's Marco Cecchinato stuns Novak Djokovic to reach Roland Garros last four

Italy's Marco Cecchinato stuns Novak Djokovic to reach Roland Garros last four

Marco Cecchinato beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11) on Tuesday to become the first Italian man in 40 years to qualify for the French Open semi-finals.

"It's a pity I could not capitalize on the chances I had", Djokovic said. Cecchinato appealed and, eventually, the Italian Olympic Committee announced that the sanctions were dropped on a technicality. Cecchinato won on his fourth match point by hitting a backhand victor down the line as Djokovic tried to serve and volley.

But German second seed Alexander Zverev is through, having saved a match point and survived a second successive scare on Friday, coming back to defeat Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur in five sets to reach the fourth round for the first time.

The 25-year-old Cecchinato dropped onto his back on the clay, then sat in his sideline chair, bowed his head and cried.

He has declined to discuss the case in Paris.

"He played incredible, so congratulations for a great performance", he said.

If Djokovic beats Cecchinato he will meet either German second seed Alexander Zverev or Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem - who have won more Tour matches in 2018 than any other player - in the last four.

Her next outing will be a battle of wills against compatriot and friend Stephens, who has emerged victorious in both of their previous meetings as professionals, most recently beating Keys in the final of last year's U.S. Open.

That Cecchinato would be a semifinal participant was far harder to predict.

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His Roland Garros marathon also left him physically drained - he needed his left thigh strapped in the second set.

"Seems like a month ago", Cecchinato said with a laugh Tuesday, when he answered reporters' questions in Italian, Spanish and English.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic with Spain's Fernando Verdasco after winning their fourth round match.

Djokovic saluted Cecchinato who he warmly embraced at the net.

Djokovic won 144 points to Cecchinato's 140 in the end but was surprisingly less effective in the clutch plays, one particular area of his game that seemingly still needs recovery. I mean, he was better player in the third set, for example, and it was supposed to go his way. he was serving for it.

"In the most important moments I managed to play an extra shot in the court, made him run and made him uncomfortable".

Djokovic made a slow start in a one-hour opening set, which took longer than the entire match between American Sloane Stephens and Estonia's Anett Kontaveit that had preceded it on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Somehow, Cecchinato won the one that mattered most, the last.

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