Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

French Open 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco to reach quarter-finals

French Open 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco to reach quarter-finals

Verdasco, who beat fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the previous round, needed treatment for blisters as Djokovic was made to wait before serving out for two-love lead.

Djokovic saved three match points but could not bring the match to the fifth set.

World No. 29 Dzumhur had served for the match in the fourth set, but Zverev clung on and battled to a 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 victory.

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.

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.

But from somewhere Cecchinato got a second wind and took the fourth in a thrilling tie-break, converting a fourth match point to win 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 7/6 (13-11). I just came from the court.

The matches between David Goffin and Gael Monfils, and Lucas Pouille and Karen Khachanov, were suspended due to poor weather. I was so exhausted, but I won the match. fantastic.

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

Verdasco, world No. 35, coped with world No. 5 Dimitrov's winners, controlling the serve points, only conceding his service game three times out of ten opportunities.

Thiem, who lost in the semis to Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal past year, said he is now better-equipped to go all the way.

The unseeded Cecchinato, who broke down in tears after the match, next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday's final.

The Bulgarian, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, has still never reached the second week at Roland Garros in eight attempts.

Two service breaks in the third set were not enough for Dimitrov, as he conceded his own three times, to lose for the third time against Verdasco in five career matches.

"To be able to win that first set and get ahead was crucial".

Djokovic will next play another Spanish player, Fernando Verdasco.

Djokovic refused to enter the main press room at Roland Garros after his shock defeat, instead opting to speak to a few journalists in a smaller room where he offered nothing but short answers.

The Djokovic resume lists 68 career titles but he's only won four since his French Open triumph in 2016.

By the end, though, points were tight and taught, one even lasting 30 strokes.

Eight days ago, the 25-year-old Italian Marco Cecchinato was celebrating his first ever Grand Slam victory, having come from two sets down to beat Marius Copil of Romania 10-8 in the final set.

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