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Zverev toils into first major q-final, Tennis News & Top Stories

08 June, 2018, 09:05 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Alexander Zverev celebrates his five-set victory against Karen Khachanov

"I'm just taking it one match at a time, and right now, considering I played nearly four hours in my last match, I felt pretty good physically today", said Djokovic.

American 13th seed Madison Keys also reached her first Roland Garros quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens previous year, will face Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a place in the semi-finals, after the world number 98 saw off Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

"I love these conditions; it was the first time for me on Court Philippe Chatrier not playing against Rafa, so I could enjoy the court", he joked.

"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do". He scored a third consecutive five set victory by defeating Karen Khachanov 4-6 7-6 2-6 6-3 6-3. No. 10 seed Sloane Stephens awaits the victor in the quarterfinals after downing Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-0.

The 21-year-old played some stunning tennis in the closing stages of a dramatic 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 fourth-round victory and will next face Dominic Thiem who reached a third successive quarter-final here by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4. In all three of his five-setters at Roland Garros he has trailed 2-1in sets. It's not going to be a sprint but a run and we're going to go uphill for four hours. "I thought I had him there, but he came back and credit to him".

"I just wasn't there and maybe little bit nervous", Nishikori said. I think he rose his level in set three and four.

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Cecchinato certainly appeared to be appreciating every moment of his time on Court Suzanne Lenglen. "It's go time. Until then, we're the same girls as always". He chatted with himself during changeovers - "I like to talk", he said later - and dropping down onto the red clay after one last backhand victor on match point.

Keys' box, including three-time major victor Lindsay Davenport, rose to acclaim the American. It's Zverev's first Grand Slam quarterfinal, and he got there by winning three consecutive five-set matches.

She had her chances against Keys, troubling her with deft drop shots and spinning, looping forehands, but could not hold her nerve.

But the German gathered himself, taking a tie break as the momentum swung back in his favour.That proved a false dawn for Zverev, though, as Khachanov eased through the third set with some powerful hitting.But Zverev, as he did in his wins over Dusan Lajovic and Damir Dzumhur, forced a decider, sealing the set with an ace after saving two break points.

In the second game of the second set, she was convinced an incorrect call went in favor of Keys and asked the chair umpire to come down and check it.

Known for her short fuse, she lived up to it, regularly spinning around to glare at her box with looks of incomprehension and hand-flapping gestures, or at other times mumbling to herself in frustration.

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