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Novak Djokovic Reunites With an Old Coach and Rediscovers His Game

05 June, 2018, 21:35 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Zverev absolutely loves the Yorkshire accent

Unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato caused a major upset at the French Open by knocking out former champion Novak Djokovic to reach the semi-finals.

Up next for Del Potro is Marin Cilic who saw off a late comeback by Italian Fabio Fognini to win 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-7 (4) 6-3.

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.

"Maybe I'm sleeping. It's incredible, it's unbelievable for me. Is a pleasure playing against Novak in quarter-final at Roland Garros", the 25-year-old said. A tight first set heated up in the 10th game when Zverev saved two set points, the second after becoming incensed when the umpire overturned a line call of out from a Khachanov shot.

However, Cecchinato broke back and went on to win a nail-biting tie-break to secure the biggest win of his career and set up a semi-final against Dominic Thiem.

In a topsy-turvy afternoon on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic raced through the third set in just 27 minutes before requiring further medical attention, this time for a right leg injury.

Cecchinato received a penalty point immediately after Djokovic was treated, for "unsportsmanlike conduct".


Cecchinato, a frequent training partner for Djokovic at his base in Monte Carlo, was banned by the Italian Tennis Federation for 18 months in 2016 for match fixing.

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

"Considering all the circumstances in the last 15 months it is quite an achievement to get to the quarters of a Slam", said Djokovic, who has also reached the Roland Garros last eight for a ninth successive year.

"He is one of the fittest guys on the tour so it was hard for him today", said Thiem, the only man to have defeated 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on clay this year.

The statistics made bleak reading for Zverev - he finished with 42 unforced errors and just 19 winners. Putintseva, who made the French Open quarterfinals in 2016, is looking for the first Grand Slam semifinal appearance of her career.

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. I could barely move. "But I still wanted to finish the match and give the credit to Dominic".

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