Highlights of French Open 10th day

Wednesday, 2018-06-06 06:48:21
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Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Germany's Alexander Zverev. (Photo: Reuters)
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Marco Cecchinato became the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 40 years after defeating former champion Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(4) 1-6 7-6(11) at the French Open on Tuesday.

Cecchinato appeared to be cruising as he built a two-set lead with Djokovic battling neck pain. Djokovic, a 12-times major winner, fought back in typical fashion to win the third set but his determined opponent was not done.

Cecchinato held his nerve in a tight fourth set tiebreak to claim a famous victory on his fourth match point. Up next for Cecchinato is Dominic Thiem.

Austrian claycourt specialist Thiem thumped a battle-weary Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1 to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the third consecutive year.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens set up a semi-final clash against fellow-American Madison Keys after easing past Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-1.

Keys, who lost to Stephens in the US Open final at Flushing Meadows last year, rallied from a break down in the opening set to beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 7-6(5) 6-4.