Novak Djokovic cruises to last 16, beats Bautista Agut in 3rd round

Novak Djokovic cruises to last 16, beats Bautista Agut in 3rd round

Novak Djokovic cruises to last 16, beats Bautista Agut in 3rd round

World No. 29 Dzumhur had served for the match in the fourth set, but Zverev clung on and battled to a 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 victory.

Former world number one Djokovic will face Italian surprise package Marco Cecchinato in his 40th major quarter-final.

The 27-year-old Bulgarian has still never reached the fourth round in Paris and he admitted after bowing out 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-4 that he will have to go back to the drawing board.

Three-time champion Williams is playing her first Grand Slam tournament since taking time off last year due to pregnancy, while Sharapova is at Roland Garros for the first time in three years after serving a doping ban in 2016 and being refused a wildcard 12 months ago.

After losing a point during the tiebreaker in the second set, Djokovic angrily whacked his racket into the clay.

In a roller-coaster of a quarter-final, both men were warned for coaching, 2016 champion Djokovic required two medical timeouts while the Italian was docked a point for unsportsmanlike behaviour. "On the return, when I saw (it) was on the line, it was the best moment of my life", he said.

There was an upset on Court 18 when Marco Cecchinato came from a set down to claim a 3-1 victory over Spaniard and tenth seed Pablo Carreno. "Maybe it's a dream, because now I'm very, very happy for this match", said Cecchinato.

Read on as we provide highlights and reaction from a whirlwind day of quarter-final action at Roland-Garros. "It's incredible", he said.

Next up for the Sicilian is Austrian Thiem, the last man to beat claycourt master and 10-times French Open champion Rafa Nadal on his favourite surface.

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American 13th seed Madison Keys reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu. This will be Zverev's first quarterfinal match in a Grand Slam, so Thiem edges him in experience.

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.

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.

'I need to - I don't know. Thiem is 4-2 against Zverev so far in their careers, but Zverev has won two of the last three.

"Unfortunately I have to continually stop here, I mean, the same time", Dimitrov told reporters.

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

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said Keys.

But he didn't seem to be, you know, under impression of the big stadium or big match.

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