Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

Comeback king Zverev and Djokovic into French Open quarters

The 2018 French Open quarter-finals began to take shape on Sunday as Alexander Zverev beat Karen Khachanov to progress past the fourth round and will face Dominic Thiem in the next phase of the competition.

World number 38 Khachanov has now lost at the last-16 stage at Roland Garros twice in a row, while Zverev ended his wait for a maiden major last-eight appearance at the 12th attempt.

Novak Djokovic equaled Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros by beating No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

As you can see in the video above, the young ball boy came off second-best. "All the hours in the gym have paid off".

Zverev had started brightly, taking the first set 6-2 but the 26th seed rallied to get back into the match and move in front at two sets to one up.

Thiem, who has played three straight four-setters, beat No. 19 Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

He will face French No.15 seed Lucas Pouille or Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.

"I think that's the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw", he said.

It is the first time Zverev has reached the last eight of a Grand Slam.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens cruised past Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-2 to book a last-eight spot for the first time. "I'm very happy about being in the quarterfinals here going the hard way, going the long distance. showing everybody that I can play for as long as I need to".

Later on Lenglen, Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki - seeded second - had a tough-looking fourth-round match against Daria Kasatkina. But Dzumhur felt it was within his reach and also ran out to catch it.

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said 23-year-old Keys.

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.

Zverev, who won back-to-back titles in Munich and Madrid during the clay court season, becomes the youngest quarter-finalist at Roland Garros since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009.

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