Out of nowhere, Marco Cecchinato now on road to somewhere

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The Spaniard seized total control of the match in the second set, as he held serve, despite facing two break points, and made the most of two out of three break points to double the lead.

Djokovic somehow regrouped to win the third set at a canter, and a suddenly frustrated Cecchinato was hit with a point penalty.

Analyzing the match, Djokovic added: 'He played wonderful and credit to him.

Paris: World number 72 Marco Cecchinato became the first Italian man in 40 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday with a breathtaking 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11) victory over 12-time Major victor Novak Djokovic.

"I'm just not thinking about tennis at the moment". "Maybe it's a dream, because now I'm very, very happy for this match", said 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.

In the women's quarterfinals, No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 14 Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-1, and No. 13 Madison Keys eliminated unseeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-4.

In a nail-biting tiebreaker, Djokovic saved the first match point with a no-look backhand volley before throwing away his third set point with a ballooned forehand with the court at his mercy.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens cruised past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-2 to book a last-eight spot for the first time.

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And the one that won deserved to win the match, and that was Marco today.

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.

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.

"Is good for my opponent in Wimbledon", he said. "Because now I need to realize the moment, because I will play the semi-final in Roland Garros". 'Obviously I really expected to play better on clay.

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said 23-year-old Keys.

The Serb raised his level to win the third 6-1 in just 27 minutes as he clawed his way back into the quarter-final and then called for the trainer again after reducing his deficit, this time to receive treatment on his right leg.

"Even though he's not a seeded player, he's still in the quarter-final".

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

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