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Djokovic unsure about Wimbledon after French Open exit

06 June, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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However, he threw away a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and ended up losing a dramatic tie-break.

"I don't know if I'm going to play on grass", he said.

Cecchinato said he was stunned by his triumph, coming just two years after his career was nearly derailed when he became embroiled in match fixing allegations.

"That's where I'm back", said the 2016 French Open champion.

From that point there was no way back for the Spaniard, who was aiming to reach his first Roland Garros quarter-final at the 15th attempt. "It's unbelievable", said the 25-year-old who is the first Italian to get this far at a Slam since Corrado Barazzutti at Roland Garros in 1978. "I am very happy".

Cecchinato held on, played some exquisite line shots and at the end, as Djokovic raced close to the net, the Italian lobbed the ball from his backhand towards the baseline and re-wrote history.

Congrats for a great performance. I struggled from the beginning.

Thiem took the first set with just a solitary break of serve which he sealed with a brilliant cross-court backhand.

Eight days ago, the 25-year-old Italian Marco Cecchinato was celebrating his first ever Grand Slam victory, having come from two sets down to beat Marius Copil of Romania 10-8 in the final set.

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

In a topsy-turvy afternoon on Court Suzanne Lenglen, Djokovic raced through the third set in just 27 minutes before requiring further medical attention, this time for a right leg injury.

Cecchinato picked up the biggest win of his career on Tuesday as he knocked out Djokovic in four sets.

Djokovic refused to enter the main press room at Roland Garros after his shock defeat, instead opting to speak to a few journalists in a smaller room where he offered nothing but short answers. No. 10 Sloane Stephens finds herself up against No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, who lost some rest after Sunday's match was postponed in the second set due to darkness.

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.

Zverev said he will undergo an MRI to discover the seriousness of his injury.

"I definitely thought about it, but I didn't want to pull out for the first time of my career in a Grand Slam quarter-final", said Zverev. "Because now I need to realize the moment, because I will play the semi-final in Roland Garros". I could barely move.

"Me and my brother are guys that spend three, four hours a day in the gym, lifting heavy weights, on the treadmill. He deserves to be in the semi-finals".

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