Zverev toils into first major q-final, Tennis News & Top Stories

Alexander Zverev Rafael Nadal French Open

Cecchinato's ranking of No. 72 is the lowest in a decade for a man in the final eight at the French Open.

Nevertheless, the 2016 Paris victor eventually found a way past Bautista Agut, winning 6-4 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/4) 6-2. "I had no problems to go the distance in long rallies and I won in the three sets against a player who is in form, especially for this surface".

So it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old German began to cramp up badly and Thiem ending his entertaining run with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 6-1 victory.

Thiem will be looking for revenge as he was handed a straight-game thrashing the last time the two youngsters met - Madrid Open final in May. Despite all this, Thiem remained rock solid on the other side of the net, and though Zverev was able to hold for 5-2, Thiem comfortably served out the second set to take complete control of the match.

Just seven matches into her comeback following a maternity break, Williams impressed all those watching on the 10,000-seater Suzanne Lenglen Court - including former boxing champion Mike Tyson - by pulverising her opponent. It's Zverev's first Grand Slam quarterfinal, and he got there by winning three consecutive five-set matches. "I know now his game and I practiced with him".

On Saturday, Goffin saved 4 match factors to finish a draining victory over Gael Monfils. "I hope I'm a little bit more experienced in this one. This is the quarterfinals".

Zverev has proven his psychological toughness and bodily stamina in reversing the deficits in Paris.

Zverev began to let rip, snatching one game back, but the outcome was inevitable and Thiem put him out of his misery with a routine backhand victor into a wide-open court.

Thiem was asked before their quarter-final what he expected of the match.

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"Coming on to play on back-to-back days in a Grand Slam, I was really pleased to get out there and play some good tennis", American Stephens said. "I will make sure to be ready".

Thiem has been much more spectacular contemplating the opponents he encountered.

The world number three's Roland Garros marathon also left him physically drained, and he needed his left thigh strapped in the second set.

Second seed Zverev had fought through three consecutive five-setters and spent nearly two and a half hours longer on court than Thiem.

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

The "big four" of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have dominated for Majors and Masters scene for close to 15 years.

"At the end, I was nervous", Thiem admitted. "I am not that younger anymore".

However, despite four wins in the last week here in Paris, Zverev's hold/break numbers have taken a hit - tight wins for a top player will do that - and it's now Thiem with the slight edge, particularly on serve. Both have provided Nadal with challenges during this clay court season, although only Thiem has beaten him. Wozniacki did however make the quarterfinals a year ago in Paris prior to losing to the eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko.

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