Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Twitter Reacts as Marco Cecchinato Stuns Djokovic

Twitter Reacts as Marco Cecchinato Stuns Djokovic

There was excitement at the end of the second set too as a marathon game saw Zverev fail to serve it out to level the match, firing long on Khachanov's fifth break point after wasting three set points.

Alexander Zverev, the second seeded German, is in his first quarter-final at the majors where he faces Dominic Thiem who has made the semi-finals in Paris in the last two years.

Even as he conceded the second set, Djokovic managed to regain his composure as he went on to pull off a 6-4 6-7 7-6 6-2 win over Agut in an intriguing third-round battle.

"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do". Maybe I am sleeping. I'm very happy because it's unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic in a quarter-final at Roland Garros.

The 31-year-old Serb said he did not "want to talk about tennis right now".

"I was two breaks down on the tie-breaker and I had two or three match points and then on the fourth one I was very exhausted".

Despite defeat, he showed real class by racing round to the other side of the net to congratulate the Italian - who will peak at a career-high world No. 27 after advancing.

"Well, I'm young, so I might as well stay on court, get some practice and entertain you guys", smiled Zverev, who is bidding to become the first German man to win the French Open since 1937. There were moments in that tiebreak when it felt like Djokovic would force the final set and then there was a weird moment, when Djokovic skied the ball when he could have taken the set.

Cecchinato received a penalty point immediately after Djokovic was treated, for unsportsmanlike conduct after a lengthy argument with the umpire and supervisor for leaving the court without permission.

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Once again we're forced to ask: Is Novak Djokovic back?

A jaw-dropping forehand wrong-footed the Serbian and Cecchinato had a second match point, saved by Djokovic on serve.

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.

His Roland Garros marathon also left him physically drained - he needed his left thigh strapped in the second set. "It was the first time I have won on this court and I hope there are many more to come".

Zverev said he will undergo an MRI to discover the seriousness of his injury.

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

The 12-time grand slam victor needed lengthy treatment on a neck problem after dropping the first set.

"I know how to handle a Grand Slam now, how... to get that deep in such a tournament, and I think everything gets better with experience". There was no way for me.

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