Distraught Djokovic no certainty for Wimbledon

06 June, 2018, 03:29 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Novak Djokovic tennis results

Cecchinato is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 1978 after his thrilling 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 7-6 (13/11) victory over the 12-time major champion.

Verdasco has now reached the last 16 in Paris for the seventh time and will hope to finally break through that barrier having fallen at that stage on six occasions.

World No. 72 Cecchinato gave fans all the more reason to remember his name after he pushed Djokovic to the edge in Tuesday's quarter-final clash and sealed his four-set victory with a 24-point tiebreak win.

"I don't know if I'm going to play on grass", Djokovic told a media conference room minutes after walking off court.

Two years ago, his career was nearly derailed when he became embroiled in match fixing allegations. Maybe I am sleeping.

"It was an wonderful, high level match", said Zverev.

On Friday, Cecchinato will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria, who made it to his third consecutive French Open semifinal by beating No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.

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.


German second seed Zverev simply ran out of gas, paying a heavy price for needing three successive five-set matches to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion will play Marco Cecchinato in the last eight after the Italian upset Belgian eighth seed David Goffin.

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. And after, when I warmed up, it was better.

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

"I won my last match against Dominic Thiem, I think it was in the final of a Future (third tier) tournament", he joked.

The 10th seed produced a clinical performance to down Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier, firing 17 winners. Stephens beat Keys in the U.S. Open final last September, and their rematch on Thursday will be the first all-American women's semifinal at the French Open since Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati in 2002. In tennis you never know, one week can always turn things around for you.

It may be two years since Djokovic's last Grand Slam triumph, but Federer went nearly five years from Wimbledon in 2012 until the 2017 Australian Open before he added to his majors collection.

The 23-year-old Svitolina, who trains at Roland Garros and was a quarter-finalist in 2015 and 2017, had been tipped as one of the potential winners for the second year in a row after winning the Italian Open, but she never found her groove. He just held his nerves amazingly well in the important moments.

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