Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Dimitrov bows out of Open in straight sets

Dimitrov bows out of Open in straight sets

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

Djokovic, seeded 20th as he continues his return from an elbow injury, was visibly angry in the second set, which he lost on a tie-break.

Against Djokovic, his sliding across the court was almost ideal, as was his ability to disguise his angles until the last moment in what was perhaps the match of the tournament so far.

'But even so, I still had some time to kind of get into a rhythm, get into a different match, and just didn't happen. What can I say?

Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-times major victor Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6 (4) 1-6 7-6 (11) at the French Open on Tuesday to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 40 years.

Djokovic was beaten 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 7-6 (13-11) by Italy's world number 72 Marco Cecchinato in Paris on Tuesday.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his fourth round match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. I don't know what I'm going to do. Stephens, last season's US Open champ, is in the midst of a rebound after getting bounced in the first round of this year's Australian Open.

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Cecchinato struggled to comprehend his triumph, coming just two years after his career was nearly derailed when he became embroiled in match-fixing allegations. For me to beat Djokovic in a quarter-final at Roland Garros it's unbelievable.

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.

Since then, she is 19-6 and she's seeking her second career Grand Slam win.

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.

"It was the best moment of my life", Cecchinato said.

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. "Now I beat David Goffin, (who) is one of the best players in the world". Thiem is 4-2 against Zverev so far in their careers, but Zverev has won two of the last three.

Keys had always struggled on clay before this year, but has now reached the last eight at all four Grand Slams after impressively cruising through the draw without dropping a set. "I know it's hard right after the match".

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