Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Dimitrov dumped out of French Open by Verdasco

Dimitrov dumped out of French Open by Verdasco

Novak Djokovic has crashed out of the French Open and cast doubt over whether he will play at Wimbledon.

The Serbian, who has struggled with injury for much of the previous year, was asked when he planned to make his first grass-court appearance. I know him well.

'I don't know if I'm going to play on grass'.

"I won my last match against Dominic Thiem, I think it was in the final of a Future (third tier) tournament", he joked.

"In the most important moments I managed to play an extra shot in the court, made him run and made him uncomfortable".

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

American women's tennis will lose one of its two remaining French Open contenders when the pair collide on Thursday, which presents Keys with her best chance to date of upsetting No. 10 seed Stephens.

"I definitely thought about it, but I didn't want to pull out for the first time of my career in a Grand Slam quarter-final", said Zverev.

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

They traded breaks early before Cecchinato saved three set points at 6-5 to force a see-saw tiebreak.

He led Cecchinato 5-2 in the fourth set, but lost the lead.

He admitted he was also close to quitting at 1-5 down in the second set.

Spain's Fernando Verdasco awaits in the fourth round after he stunned Bulgarian fourth seed and Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour Finals champion Grigor Dmitrov with a 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 win.

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.

Marco Cecchinato beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11) on Tuesday to become the first Italian man in 40 years to qualify for the French Open semi-finals. He deserved. And that's something everybody should do.On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it's a hard one to swallow.' Asked if it's the most painful defeat in his career, Djokovic replied: 'No.

He said: "Maybe I'm sleeping". There were moments in that tiebreak when it felt like Djokovic would force the final set and then there was a freaky moment, when Djokovic skied the ball when he could have taken the set.

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

Cecchinato is bidding to become the first Italian man to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam since Corrado Barazzutti in Paris in 1978. I am very happy because it is unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic at a quarter-final in Roland Garros.

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