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Highlights: Marco Cecchinato stuns former champion Novak Djokovic

06 June, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Christina Hansen
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After losing a point during the tiebreaker in the second set, Djokovic angrily whacked his racket into the clay.

In a roller-coaster of a quarter-final, both men were warned for coaching, 2016 champion Djokovic required two medical timeouts while the Italian was docked a point for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

The Serbian was a break up in the fourth set and had the chance to move 5-1 ahead, but Cecchinato came storming back to level it up and force an enthralling tie-break.

But after his defeat in a French Open quarterfinal on Tuesday, Djokovic was distraught-and unclear about where and when he would play next.

"He held his nerves amazingly well in important moments, " acknowledged Djokovic, who said he isn't certain whether he will play at Wimbledon.

Keys, the US Open runner-up past year, 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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Djokovic, who missed the last half of 2017 with right elbow trouble and had surgery in February, is clearly not at the height of his power.

Congrats for a great performance.

"I struggled at the beginning and also had a little injury at the beginning".

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

Heading into the match, the German had won three consecutive five-setters - trailing 2-1 in sets in each - but the rousing effort caught up to him against Thiem.

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.

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Djokovic roared back in the third set and did not give Cecchinato an inch taking it 6-1.

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.

How much prize money can each player earn at Roland Garros? "Today, (that) I won this match is really incredible, reaching the semifinals I'm happy for having written a place in history".

The seventh-seeded Thiem is in sight of a first final at Roland Garros.

"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. I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do. I could barely move.

"Me and my brother (Mischa) are guys that spend three, four hours a day in the gym, lifting heavy weights, on the treadmill. He deserves to be in the semi-finals".

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