Cecchinato 'amazed' after stunning Djokovic in French Open epic

Novak Djokovic tennis results

Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov is out of the French Open after a third-round defeat by Fernando Verdasco. The pair were evenly matched until Verdasco edged ahead in the ensuing tie-break.

Three set points came and went in the 12th game of the second set, three break points were wasted in the sixth game of the fourth before he blew the chance to level the tie at two sets apiece in the ninth game.

Zverev, who also had to fight back from two sets to one down in the second round against Serbian Dusan Lajovic, is looking to become the first German man to win the title since 1937.

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.

World number 72 Marco Cecchinato stunned Novak Djokovic in a French Open classic on Tuesday to set up a semi-final clash against Dominic Thiem, with Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys to meet in the women's last four.

"I'm just not thinking about tennis at the moment".

The Bulgarian reached the semi-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters and the last eight in Barcelona, but he suffered first-round exits at the Madrid Open and the Internazionali d'Italia. "Today, (that) I won this match is really incredible, reaching the semifinals I'm happy for having written a place in history". "I knew I had to take risks", Cecchinato said.

Djokovic, bidding to reach a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final, hit just three winners in the first set.

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"It was the best moment of my life", Cecchinato said.

The Serb, three-times a Wimbledon champion, appeared distraught after his quarter-final defeat by unseeded Marco Cecchinato in which he was treated for neck pain.

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

Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens a year ago, will face Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a place in the semi-finals, after the world number 98 saw off Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

World number 38 Khachanov has now lost at the last-16 stage at Roland Garros twice in a row, while Zverev ended his wait for a maiden major last-eight appearance at the 12th attempt.

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.

"I definitely thought about it, but I didn't want to pull out for the first time of my career in a Grand Slam quarter-final", said Zverev.

In the first round at Roland Garros, he dropped the first two sets against Marius Copil, a player ranked 94th, before coming all the way back to win 10-8 in the fifth.

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