Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

Zverev certainly has lived a charmed life in Paris this week.

And in typical Zverev model, he commendably vowed to be "prepared" for his crunch conflict with Thiem.

Thiem was asked before their quarter-final what he expected of the match.

The first men's quarter-final at this year's French Open was the latest in what is promising to be a glimpse of the future of men's tennis. "I will make sure to be ready".

He overcame the harmful Stefanos Tsitsipas in 4 units within the second spherical, for instance, and handed an much more troublesome check Sunday from Kei Nishikori.

Despite 12 unforced errors from the Thiem racket, it was the seventh seed who held his nerve to secure the only break of the final set and progress after two hours and 28 minutes on court.

Zverev, however, has spent 11 hours and 56 minutes on court in Paris but Thiem believes his rival will be fully fit.

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"I think it's the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw", said Thiem.

It was hard to discern which was less likely: that 12-time major champion Novak Djokovic would falter in his French Open quarterfinal or that Marco Cecchinato, who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once faced a possible ban for losing on objective, would rise to the occasion.

"I don't think my dad or anybody in my box can show me or would say something that I would hear inside that big stadium".

"I'm young, so I might as well stay on court and practise a little bit". That is (Zverev's) half.

Novak Djokovic equaled Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals by beating No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

In his way is 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic or unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato.

On Saturday, Goffin saved 4 match factors to finish a draining victory over Gael Monfils.

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The Williams sisters have claimed 14 Grand Slam doubles titles together since winning the French Open title in 1999, but bowed out at the last-16 stage this year.

To achieve that feat, Cecchinato, who in 2016 was suspended for 18 months for match fixing before his ban was lifted following a successful appeal, displayed an impressive range of claycourt tennis skills.

Madison Keys celebrates victory over Yulia Putintseva.

Putintseva fought hard at the start of the second set, but Keys broke through to take a 4-3 lead with a rasping forehand return before confidently serving her way to the semi-finals.

Having escaped Saturday - 8-6 within the third set over Camila Giorgi - Stephens had a surprisingly easier time within the fourth spherical, easing previous 25th-seed Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-0.

Visit the Roland Garros website for the results in full.

Stephens next plays either Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki - seeded second - or 14th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.

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Zverev did not waiver in the fifth set either, taking control with an early break and wrapping up the match on Khachanov's serve several games later before falling to his knees in celebration.

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