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Novak Djokovic reveals shocking news after French Open loss

Novak Djokovic tennis results GETTYNovak Djokovic has explained his French Open outburst
Edward Snyder | 06 June, 2018, 01:40

"He served for the match and I had to save lots of break points in the fourth and fifth sets".

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

Djokovic said he struggled with an injury-at one point he had his shoulder and neck massaged-but felt better as the match progressed.

The 31-year-old, victor of the tournament on the iconic red clay in the French capital in 2016, booked his place in the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 win in a match which lasted 12 minutes shy of four hours. "It was the first time I have won on this court and I hope there are many more to come".

"Maybe I'm sleeping. It's wonderful, it's unbelievable for me".

Resurgent former champion Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 12th time on Sunday as he subdued feisty Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after a point in the fourth set against Italy's Marco Cecchinato in Paris on June 5, 2018.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic with Spain's Fernando Verdasco after winning their fourth round match. "So it's going to be an fantastic challenge for me".

Her next outing will be a battle of wills against compatriot and friend Stephens, who has emerged victorious in both of their previous meetings as professionals, most recently beating Keys in the final of last year's U.S. Open.




Thiem, who lost in the semis to Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal past year, said he is now better-equipped to go all the way.

The Bulgarian, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, has still never reached the second week at Roland Garros in eight attempts.

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.

"When you want to be the best player in the world and have been the best player in the world, you hate the defeats".

Zverev, considered among a select few capable of dethroning defending champion and French Open king Rafael Nadal, had to do it the hard way as he was on the right side of a 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 scoreline.

Djokovic, bidding to reach a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final, hit just three winners in the first set.

"To be able to win that first set and get ahead was crucial".

The way he faltered at the most crucial of moments in the French Open quarterfinals Tuesday might have hurt him the most against an opponent who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once was handed a match-fixing suspension later overturned on appeal.

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