Marco Cecchinato stuns former champion Novak Djokovic at French Open
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Marco Cecchinato stuns former champion Novak Djokovic at French Open

Novak Djokovic exits the French Open after losing 3-6, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1, 6-7 (13-11) to Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

tennis Updated: Jun 05, 2018 23:28 IST
Reuters, Paris
Marco Cecchinato,Novak Djokovic,Roland Garros
Italy's Marco Cecchinato cries as he celebrates winning his quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia's Novak Djokovic in four sets 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 7-6 (13-11).(AP)

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 semi-final 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.

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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.

First Published: Jun 05, 2018 23:27 IST