Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
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Zverev toils into first major q-final, Tennis News & Top Stories

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

He might need to up that schedule considering his quarterfinal opponent is No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria, who has reached the past two French semifinals and is one of the fittest players on the men's circuit.

Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-time major victor Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 40 years.

Thiem made the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the third successive year on Sunday, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

Zverev becomes the first player at the French to win three straight 5-set matches since Tommy Robredo in 2013.

Dominic Thiem is looking forward to playing a "legendary" quarter-final match with Alexander Zverev after two of the most talented young players advanced at the French Open on Sunday.

Zverev says he spends up to four hours each day working on weights and fitness in the gym. "It paid off today". While Zverev batted away questions about whether a third five-set match would start to take its toll, there is no doubt that Thiem in a best-of-five is not going to be easy - he should expect either four or five sets for sure.

"But I hope I can win more matches here".

"He's an incredible player". I mean, probably now the third-best after Rafa and Roger (Federer). I'm going to take an MRI now after I'm done here.

The Russian broke back immediately, and then saved three break points at 4-4 before going on to earn three break points of his own in the next game, clinching the third after a mini tantrum from his rattled opponent to take the first set.

While defeat will be painful Djokovic, who has spent 223 weeks as world number one during his career, he will reflect on a positive claycourt season having reached the semi-final in Rome and enjoyed a strong run in Paris before falling short.

Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his fourth round match against Russia's Karen.

Men's fourth round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Maximilian Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4); No. 3 Marin Cilic beat No. 18 Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3; No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro beat No. 9 John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4; No. 11 Diego Schwartzman beat No. 6 Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (0), 6-2.

The American 10th-seed clinched the victory on her first match point with a forehand victor from the baseline to seal a rematch of last year's US Open final.

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens ensured her progress to the final four by easing past 14th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1. It's his first quarter-finals.

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. Stephens beat Keys in the U.S. Open final last September, and Thursday's rematch will be the first all-American women's semifinal at the French Open since Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

"For me it is a dream", Cecchinato said.

"I have known of him for many years", Djokovic said after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 30 Fernando Verdasco.

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