Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

French Open 2018: Novak Djokovic Upset Headlines Tuesday Play at Roland Garros

French Open 2018: Novak Djokovic Upset Headlines Tuesday Play at Roland Garros

After losing a point during the tiebreaker in the second set, Djokovic angrily whacked his racket into the clay.

The storm seemed to have blown itself out and Djokovic served for the fourth set at 5-3.

Analyzing the match, Djokovic added: 'He played awesome and credit to him.

The 31-year-old, victor of the tournament on the iconic red clay in the French capital in 2016, booked his place in the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 win in a match which lasted 12 minutes shy of four hours.

"In the most important moments I managed to play an extra shot in the court, made him run and made him uncomfortable". "That's where I'm back", said the 2016 French Open champion.

Grigor Dimitrov's clay court gremlins struck again as his French Open hopes bit the dust in predictable fashion in the third round against Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco on Friday.

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In the women's quarterfinals, No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-1, and No. 13 Madison Keys eliminated unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-4. "So it's going to be an awesome challenge for me".

Keys's close friend Sloane Stephens, the US Open champion, takes on Russia's Daria Kasatkina who put out Wozniacki.

And the one that won deserved to win the match, and that was Marco today. I'm very happy because it's unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic in a quarter-final at Roland Garros.

Cecchinato, who described his sporting heroes as the Brazilian footballer Kaka and Marat Safin, is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Corrado Barazzuti made the last four here in 1978.

Like her compatriot and good friend Keys, US Open champion Stephens is in the quarter-finals for the first time and hoping to set up a repeat of last year's final in NY. "It's wonderful", said the 25-year-old Cecchinato.

Zverev, considered among a select few capable of dethroning defending champion and French Open king Rafael Nadal, had to do it the hard way as he was on the right side of a 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 scoreline.

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"For me, it's the first time semi-final grand slam".

The 12-time grand slam victor was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world No.72 Marco Cecchinato.

"Even though he's not a seeded player, he's still in the quarter-final".

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said Keys.

"Then once you get to the second week, every match obviously has more nerves, and there's more on the line".

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