Dimitrov dumped out of French Open

French Open casualty Grigor Dimitrov

Cecchinato, who was suspended for match-fixing two years ago, before his ban was overturned on appeal, arrived in Paris having not won a single Grand Slam match.

Second seed Alexander Zverev also survived a scare as he saved match point in a five-set triumph against Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur.

The Italian, who has one career title to Djokovic's 68, had never won a match at the majors before this year's French Open.

The Serbian, who is not committed to any event before The Championships, commented: 'I don't know if I'm going to play on grass.

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.

"It's unbelievable", said the 25-year-old who is the first Italian to get this far at a Slam since Corrado Barazzutti at Roland Garros in 1978. "I am very happy".

Djokovic, who missed the last half of 2017 with right elbow trouble and had surgery in February, is clearly not at the height of his power.

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"He played unbelievable, so congratulations for a great performance", he said. I struggled from the beginning.

"Just a pity that I couldn't capitalise on the chances in the 4-1 in the fourth set and some break points".

Keys had always struggled on clay before this year, but has now reached the last eight at all four Grand Slams after impressively cruising through the draw without dropping a set. "It's unbelievable", said the 25-year-old Cecchinato. He then held three set points in the tiebreaker but couldn't convert any.

While that was happening, Cecchinato was docked a penalty point for unsportsmanlike conduct after a lengthy argument with the umpire and supervisor for leaving the court without permission.

However, he threw away a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and ended up losing a dramatic tie-break.

Seeded 20th after a well-documented slump, Djokovic blunted Verdasco's explosive firepower with his signature counter-punching to book an unlikely last-eight date with Marco Cecchinato.

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.

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Spaniard Verdasco had earlier demonstrated his class on clay with a straightforward win over disillusioned fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov.

A lack of oomph was evident in Zverev's play as he failed to break his Austrian rival in three sets and looked totally drained by the third, where he couldn't gain any traction and trailed 4-0 before slipping off the pace entirely.

"At the beginning of the year when he lost a match he wasn't as sad as he was today".

"I obviously rely on what I learned there and how to manage my emotions and manage the moment, but there were so many late nights and I was so exhausted".

The statistics made bleak reading for Zverev - he finished with 42 unforced errors and just 19 winners. This will be Zverev's first quarterfinal match in a Grand Slam, so Thiem edges him in experience.

A drop of serve when in position to win the match did not matter for Djokovic, though, as Bautista Agut was broken in the next game, sending him through to a tie with Verdasco. I could barely move.

"I can not give you any answer". "He deserves to be in the semi-finals".

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