Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Verdasco downs Dimitrov in straight sets

GrigorDimitrov- cropped Grigor Dimitrov in action at the French Open
Domingo Copeland | 06 June, 2018, 01:40

He came up against an inspired Cecchinato though and wasted three set points to drag the match, played out in a soccer-like atmosphere on Court Suzanne Lenglen, into a decider.

Djokovic sprinted out to 5-2 but was reeled back in to 5-5, having squandered three points for a double break in the sixth game.

In an extraordinary post-match press conference, Djokovic then said he may even skip Wimbledon where he has been champion three times.

"It was an wonderful, high-level match", said Zverev.

Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov is out of the French Open after a third-round defeat by Fernando Verdasco.

The 72nd-ranked player beat Djokovic in a 3-hour, 26-minute match that ended in a tiebreak, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11).

Djokovic, seeded 20th, won 6-3 6-4 6-2 against 30th seed Verdasco. I don't know what I'm going to do.

Keys's close friend Sloane Stephens, the US Open champion, takes on Russia's Daria Kasatkina who put out Wozniacki.

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The fixing scandal focused on a second-tier Challenger match he lost to Kamil Majchrzak in Morocco in 2015, with his country's federation banning him and fellow Italians Riccardo Accardi and Antonio Campo. He arrived at Roland Garros with a 10-7 record this season.

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.

Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens past 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'm a better player in general, for sure". Thiem is 4-2 against Zverev so far in their careers, but Zverev has won two of the last three.

The 12-time grand slam victor was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world No.72 Marco Cecchinato.

The 31-year-old also needed a medical timeout to treat a neck injury which looked as if it would derail him when he slipped 0-2 down in the second set to the Italian outsider.

Few might have thought the meeting between Thiem and Zverev would be the more one-sided of the two men's quarters played on Tuesday, but the Austrian took every advantage of his opponent's rough ride to the last eight.

"To be able to win that first set and get ahead was crucial". I know it's hard right after the match, but I need to - I mean, I have always been a positive thinker, and I want to keep that on the same level right now.

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