Novak Djokovic stunned by Marco Cecchinato in French Open quarters

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World No. 72 Cecchinato gave fans all the more reason to remember his name after he pushed Djokovic to the edge in Tuesday's quarter-final clash and sealed his four-set victory with a 24-point tiebreak win.

The Bulgarian reached the semi-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters and the last eight in Barcelona, but he suffered first-round exits at the Madrid Open and the Internazionali d'Italia.

It was a classic, Djokovic wasting three set points and Cecchinato unable to take the first of three for the match. It was a second-straight five-setter for the 21-year-old, who also had to battle past Dusan Lajovic in the previous round.

Cecchinato won on his fourth match point by hitting a backhand victor down the line as Djokovic tried to serve and volley.

But, yeah, just a pity that I couldn't capitalize on the chances in the 4-1 in the fourth set and some break points that I thought I had in there, but he came back and credit to him.

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

He won the last of his 12 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros two years ago.

"It was the best moment of my life", Cecchinato said.

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Yet Djokovic won the third set at a canter, and a suddenly frustrated Cecchinato was hit with a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Two years ago, his career was nearly derailed when he became embroiled in match fixing allegations. I lost to him earlier this year I think in a tight match.

On Tuesday, Cecchinato politely declined to speak about it, preferring instead to focus on his achievement, how he had dismantled the game of former world No 1 Djokovic, who was distraught after the match, mumbling short answers in a press conference he ended after little over four minutes. I don't want to be too negative right now.

Eyeing his first quarterfinal appearance at the French Open, Verdasco is set to take on either Serbia's Novak Djokovic or Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season.

The 25-year-old, who was ranked 957 just six weeks before her maiden Grand Slam triumph last year after a series of injury problems, is now into the last four of a major for the third time.

"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".

"I'm a better player in general, for sure".

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