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Unheralded Marco Cecchinato stuns Novak Djokovic to reach French Open semis

The tiebreak in the fourth set was arguably the best you have ever seen.

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Whoever predicted this, surely, had a crystal ball.

In what was arguably, the match of the tournament, world number 72, Marco Cecchinato stunned Novak Djokovic to reach the semifinals of the French Open in Paris.

Cecchinato, who before this tournament had not won a Grand Slam main draws match, claimed a 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6(11) victory to become the first Italian to reach the semifinals of the French Open in 40 years, and also, the first Italian to beat the former world number one since 2004.

The Italian collapsed on court and cried after beating Novak Djokovic to reach the semifinals in Paris.

“It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable for me. I am very happy because it is unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic at a quarter-final in Roland Garros,”

“I started very well on my serve and, phew… I was so tired, but I won the match… amazing.

“It is the first time in a semi-final in a Grand Slam. Now I need to think for the semi-final, summarise for recovery and I am very happy.”

Cecchinato will now face Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.

Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals in Paris for the third year in a row.

Elsewhere, reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-1 to set up a semifinal showdown with Madison Keys, who ousted Yulia Putintseva 7-6, 6-4.

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