Cecchinato enjoys life-changing moment at French Open

Cecchinato enjoys life-changing moment at French Open

Cecchinato enjoys life-changing moment at French Open

"But I still wanted to finish the match and give the credit to Dominic".

Paris - Dominic Thiem reached his third successive French Open semi-final on Tuesday 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.

There already has been rain at Roland Garros on Tuesday, and there is more in the forecast, so it could be a stop-and-start afternoon.

The Austrian is aiming to reach the French Open semi-finals for the third year running, after he lost in the last four to the eventual victor in both 2016 (Novak Djokovic) and 2017 (Rafael Nadal).

Keys also reached her first French Open semifinal by defeating unseeded Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Thiem is the only man to beat Nadal on clay over the past two years, recording victories in Rome last season and in Madrid in 2018 and his latest run at Roland Garros confirms his status as one of the very best on this surface, although his 6-4 6-2 6-1 win over the German was heavily influenced by the world No. 3's physical woes.

His victory over 26th seed Dzumhur was his first in a Grand Slam against a player ranked in the top 40 and his win over Russian youngster Khachanov meant he finally reached the last eight of a major at the 12th attempt.

Cecchinato became the lowest-ranked semi-finalist at Roland Garros since No. 100 Andrei Medvedev advanced to the last four back in 1999.

Meanwhile, resurgent former champion Novak Djokovic moved into the quarterfinals for the 12th time as he subdued feisty Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

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Third-seed pair of Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez survived a midmatch blip to beat Serena and Venus Williams 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-0 in the women's doubles clash.

World number one and red-hot favourite Nadal, yet to drop a set in the tournament, faces Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in his quarter-final on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old will next face U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens cruised past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-2 to book a last-eight spot for the first time.

To reach his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, Alexander Zverev has had to do it the hard way. He played well in the first two sets before losing the third.

"At the end I was nervous". "I knew that every time you go into a match there are a little bit of nerves that go into it".

While the talented Zverev is a tricky opponent, it is seventh-seeded Thiem who holds the key to their encounter. "So with this [aspect], I'm really happy".

"Actually I felt good today".

"I would think that if both players were fresh I would say that Zverev has the upper hand because a best-of-five would suit him, giving him time to figure things out", Wilander, Eurosport's lead analyst in Paris, told Reuters on Monday.

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