Cecchinato shocks Djokovic to reach French Open semis

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Djokovic sprinted out to 5-2 but was reeled back in to 5-5, having squandered three points for a double break in the sixth game.

As his backhand return on his fourth match point landed beyond the outstretched arm of Djokovic, the tears flowed.

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.

"Maybe I'm sleeping. It's incredible, it's unbelievable for me".

Paris: Former champion Novak Djokovic claimed a hard fought 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over a grieving Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday to book his spot in the French Open fourth round.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after a point in the fourth set against Italy's Marco Cecchinato in Paris on June 5, 2018.

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US Open champion Stephens brushed aside Russian Daria Kasatkina to set up a repeat of last year's Flushing Meadows final with fellow American and good friend Keys.

But he has never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final, although the longer best-of-five format has worked twice in his favour now at Roland Garros.

"Obviously. making the fourth round four times or whatever is pretty good, but to finally get over that hump of quarter-finals feels very nice", she said.

In a tense encounter, both men were slapped with code violations for coaching before Cecchinato gallantly saved three set points.

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Italian world number 72 Marco Cecchinato hailed "the best moment" of his life after beating David Goffin to reach the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday, just two years since being embroiled in a match-fixing scandal.

Earlier in the day Keys, the 13th seed, reached the semi-finals for the first time by seeing off Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

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

The Serbian has now made the second week at Roland Garros for the last nine years in a row.

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.

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

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"So being and talking like this after the match is for me something normal for a great champion".

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