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".
Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after a point in the fourth set against Italy's Marco Cecchinato in Paris on June 5, 2018.
Where is Melania Trump? First lady keeps low profile after hospital stay
Days later, she was checked into the hospital for kidney problems and stayed for a week despite the typical recovery taking a day. The fact that the first lady has barely been seen throughout May has been a hot topic of conversation on social media.
'I need to - I don't know.
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.
"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.
Stormy’s lawyer ends bid for role in Cohen case
Avenatti said the existence of such recordings was "surprising and disturbing". Avenatti's involvement has complicated the Cohen probe.
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.
Trump says June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim is back on
Trump told reporters he hadn't read the letter yet and added with a smile, " I may be in for a big surprise, folks ". I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday (Saturday NZT). "It is very important to them".
"So being and talking like this after the match is for me something normal for a great champion".