Thiem crushes weary Zverev to make semis

GETTYNovak Djokovic faces Fernando Verdasco on Sunday in the French Open

Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic produced his best performance on the tournament to defeat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to book his place in the last-eight.

Either way, Tuesday's outcome was stunning. Both have also been touted as potential successors to the great man. "I love it here and I will do everything to make one more step this year".

"A hard one to swallow", a glum Djokovic acknowledged during a brief news conference, in which he delivered clipped answers and said he might not play during the upcoming grass-court season.

It is the first time Keys and Stephens have reached the last eight at the French Open. "I don't know. I'm just not thinking about tennis at the moment".

Rafael Nadal can pull even with a 12th French Open quarterfinal by winning on Monday. "I'm expecting another five-set match".

Wozniacki is a tour veteran at 27 and to her delight, won't ever be asked again when she'll win a first major after breaking through at the Australian Open in January. At 8-7, Cecchinato ended a 20-stroke exchange with a swinging volley victor. "You know, I think one of the three best players on the clay court in the last few years, and right now especially". "It's going to be an unbelievable challenge for me", Thiem said.

Djokovic saved three match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker before his 72nd-ranked rival converted his fourth with a backhand return victor. He is a 25-year-old from Sicily who once was handed a match-fixing suspension that later was thrown out on appeal. Zverev is through to the quarter-final of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

Cecchinato appealed, and the Italian Olympic Committee announced in December 2016 that the sanctions were dropped entirely.

He has declined to discuss the case in Paris.

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No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev had to come through his second successive five-set match to get past Karen Khachanov and reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

Zverev called for treatment on a foot injury after he fought to force a fifth and the world number three rallied on to win in three hours and 29 minutes.

At 4-1 to the Austrian, Zverev took a medical timeout, when the upper part of his left leg was heavily taped.

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens ensured her progress to the final four by easing past 14th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1.

Keys faces Kazakhstan's world No 98 Yulia Putintseva, who produced the upset of the day to eliminate 26th seed Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

That Cecchinato would be a semifinal participant was far harder to predict.

Djokovic on Tuesday will meet the surprise of the tournament, Marco Cecchinato. Djokovic advanced to his 40th Grand Slam quarter-final.

Having said this, Thiem's statistical edge is paper-thin and certainly not enough to justify a lower market price, so it is utterly evident that the market is factoring in a lack of faith in Zverev's ability to back up three consecutive 3-2 victories and in short, thinking that the German will be absolutely knackered from a fitness perspective.

"I'm young, so I might as well stay on court and practise a little bit", Zverev said.

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