Italian job: Djoker stunned
Paris: Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-times Major winner Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(4) 1-6 7-6(11) at the French Open on Tuesday to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in 40 years.Cecchinato cruised through the opening set as Djokovic was suffering from neck pain before the Serbian fought back after the loss of the second. His opponent, however, was the stronger in an epic fourth-set tiebreak, prevailing on his fourth match point.The last Italian man to take part in a major semi-final was Corrado Barazzutti at the 1978 French Open.The unseeded Cecchinato, who broke down in tears after the match, next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday’s final. Djokovic said he does not know if will play the grasscourt season after tumbling out of the French Open. The Serb appeared distraught after his quarterfinal defeat by Cecchinato. “I don’t know if I’m going to play on grass,” Djokovic told a media conference room minutes after walking off court.
Dominant Thiem conquers hobbling Alexander
Dominic Thiem reached his third successive French Open semifinal today with a 6-4 6-2 6-1 demolition of a hobbled and exhausted Alexander Zverev. Thiem, the Austrian seventh seed, goes on to face Italy’s world No. 72 Marco Cecchinato for a place in Sunday’s final.German second seed Zverev simply ran out of gas, paying a heavy price for needing three successive five-set matches to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. His Roland Garros marathon also left him physically drained —he needed his left thigh strapped in the second set.