Djokovic's opponent insists he must be dreaming after stunning French Open upset

Zverev absolutely loves the Yorkshire accent

Zverev absolutely loves the Yorkshire accent

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.

Either way, Tuesday's outcome was stunning.

The world number 72, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, stunned Belgian eighth seed David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Djokovic, who was sitting in a small press room without mics and just in front of a few journalists (most of them were waiting in the main press room), said he doesn't know whether if he will play Wimbledon next month.

"The best moment of my life", Cecchinato said.

But German second seed Alexander Zverev is through, having saved a match point and survived a second successive scare on Friday, coming back to defeat Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur in five sets to reach the fourth round for the first time. At 8-7, Cecchinato ended a 20-stroke exchange with a swinging volley victor.

Zverev began to let rip, snatching one game back, but the outcome was inevitable and Thiem put him out of his misery with a routine backhand victor into a wide-open court. My heart was beating 1,000 miles per hour.

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Cecchinato (it's pronounced cheh-key-NAH'-toe) came through on his fourth match point, looping in a backhand return victor as Djokovic tried to surprise him with a serve-and-volley attempt.

Cecchinato fell on his back and cried before regaining his chair with his red eyes full of tears.

Told in an on-court interview that he wasn't dreaming, Cecchinato responded: "Are you sure?"

Djokovic, who won his only Roland Garros title in 2016 to complete a career Grand Slam, was not considered among the pre-tournament favourites following an injury-hit year. Cecchinato was found guilty of match-fixing in 2016 but his suspension was overturned by the Italian Olympic Committee.

He has declined to discuss the case in Paris.

Marco Cecchinato reacts after winning against Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarter final.

'On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it's a hard one to swallow.

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Putintseva led Keys 5-3 in their first set before a three-game swing saw the momentum shift, while 10th seed Stephens was more dominant in her run to beat Kasatkina for the second time in their three meetings.

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.

And Djokovic woke up, blazing through the third set as Cecchinato looked out of sorts.

Djokovic, Cecchinato said, "seemed unsure of himself at the beginning".

On Monday, all eyes will be on the showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, with the latter trying to end an 18-match losing streak to her bitter rival.

Cecchinato is full of confidence, probably the most confident player out there right now.

"I had to push".

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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.

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