Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Twitter Reacts as Marco Cecchinato Stuns Djokovic

Twitter Reacts as Marco Cecchinato Stuns Djokovic

Novak Djokovic said he does not know if will play the grasscourt season after tumbling out of the French Open on Tuesday.

Cecchinato, who described his sporting heroes as the Brazilian footballer Kaka and Marat Safin, is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Corrado Barazzuti made the last four here in 1978.

"I don't know if I'm going to play on grass", he said. By the end of the match, the entire arena was buzzing and it was filled with chants as Cecchinato went down on the ground in elation. I just came from the court.

"Me and my brother are guys that spend three, four hours a day in the gym, lifting heavy weights, on the treadmill".

Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens a year ago, 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.

"It is the first time in a semi-final in a Grand Slam".

But Cecchinato proved an even bigger pain in the neck for the 2016 Paris champion.

One break of serve was enough to take the opening set and, despite Verdasco producing some thunderous winners to stay in touch in the second, the left- hander's challenge faded.

Cecchinato, who will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem in the semifinals, is unlikely to match that story line, but he will always have Tuesday's stirring victory over Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion and a former No. 1.

The 31-year-old Serb slumped to an epic 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 7-6 (13/11) quarter-final loss to world number 72 Cecchinato, a player who had never won a match at the majors before this year's Roland Garros. Maybe I am sleeping.

However, Bautista Agut - seeded 13th - hit back, grabbing a break of his own before staving off three set points and prevailing in a tense tie-break thanks to an error from his opponent.

Djokovic, who underwent right elbow surgery earlier this year, is the 20th-seeded player in Paris, his lowest Grand Slam seeding since the 2006 US Open.

"It's incredible. It's unbelievable for me".

Dimitrov will now head towards the grasscourts hoping to rediscover the spark that took him to semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2014 and at the Australian Open in 2017, as well as claiming the ATP Tour Finals title in November.

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. I am very happy because it is unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic at a quarter-final in Roland Garros. Now I need to think for the semi-final and I need some rest for recovery.

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