Djokovic and Zverev battle through to last 16 at French Open

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his second round match against Spain's Jaume Munar at the French Open

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his second round match against Spain's Jaume Munar at the French Open

Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic says he "doesn't know if I am going to play on grass" after losing in the French Open quarter-finals.

The 12-time grand slam victor was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world No.72 Marco Cecchinato.

"I was two breaks down on the tie-breaker and I had two or three match points and then on the fourth one I was very exhausted".

He had to save a match point in the 10th game of the decider before breaking and holding to make the last 16 for the first time where he will face either French 15th seed Lucas Pouille or Russia's Karen Khachanov. I know him well. "So it's going to be an incredible challenge for me".

"In the most important moments I managed to play an extra shot in the court, made him run and made him uncomfortable".

"I can not give you any answer".

"How do I regroup?" In tennis you never know, one week can always turn things around for you.

But Cecchinato proved an even bigger pain in the neck for the 2016 Paris champion.

Cecchinato was mixing things up to great effect, tying Djokovic to the baseline while throwing in regular, at times remarkable, spin-heavy drop-shots from the back of the court.

Novak Djokovic booked his place in the fourth round of the French Open with a hard-fought victory over Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday.

Yet Djokovic won the third set at a canter, and a suddenly frustrated Cecchinato was hit with a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

He led Cecchinato 5-2 in the fourth set, but lost the lead.

"I think that's going to be the number one priority for me now to kind of step out from the tennis for a little bit, try to watch some matches and try to progress and get better".

His 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over eighth seed Goffin in the fourth round followed a four-set win against 10th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

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.

"It was an awesome, high-level match", said Zverev.

"For me it's incredible".

Read on as we provide highlights and reaction from a whirlwind day of quarter-final action at Roland-Garros.

The 25-year-old, who was ranked 957 just six weeks before her maiden Grand Slam triumph last year after a series of injury problems, is now into the last four of a major for the third time.

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