Djokovic and Zverev battle through at Roland Garros but Dimitrov tumbles out

Posted June 06, 2018

■ Angry Djoko survives ■ Zverev saves match point to win thriller ■ Dimitrov crashes out ■ Svitolina loses to PhD opponent Novak Djokovic consoled a grieving Roberto Bautista Agut after the Spaniard played at the French Open only a week after his mother's death.

"I think for a set and a half and the fourth set, I have played pretty well". One break in the second and third sets was then enough to send him into the third round a 7-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

Djokovic is now the favourite to reach the semi-final from his half of the draw as he is set to face the victor of the fourth round tie between eighth seed David Goffin and unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato.

Verdasco chuntered at himself, towards his box and at the chair umpire as he toiled in the heat, a wild forehand gifting Djokovic a break in the first game of the second set.

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The two players shared six breaks of serve during a back-and-forth third before Djokovic took a tie-break 7-4, but it was one-way traffic during the fourth.

But it was Djokovic who attracted much of the interest, marching into the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the 43rd time, second on the all-time list behind Roger Federer.

Three-time champion Serena is playing her first Grand Slam tournament since taking time off last year due to pregnancy, while Sharapova is at Roland Garros for the first time in three years after serving a doping ban in 2016 and being refused a wildcard 12 months ago.

"That's when you have to deal with this kind of emotions and understand how you can get better, how you balance everything that is happening inside so you can come out the next challenge and learn from it and be better". "I'm not proud of doing that, to be honest".

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The 30-year-old put up a real fight during a 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 2-6 loss to the former world No. 1 - a match that lasted the best part of four hours - but ultimately came up short.

Should Fognini win, it would be only the second time since tennis turned professional in 1968 that Italy has had more than one player in the men's singles quarter-finals at a Grand Slam. My life is tennis, no?

The Bosnian's touch was phenomenal and saw him turn the match on its head after Zverev had hit 10 winners as he won the opening set.

Alexander Zverev has become marathon man of Roland Garros after coming through another five-setter to book his place in the quarter-final.

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