Thiem in French Open quarters, to face Zverev

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

He and Zverev were certainly locked in a promising rivalry thus far. "I have practiced with him many times in Monte-Carlo", Djokovic said. What neither lacked was fight.

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Both players held their serves in the opening six games, before Thiem finished the first break in the seventh to go ahead 4-3. In all three of his five-setters at Roland Garros he has trailed 2-1 in sets.

Nearly 12 hours altogether so far. The Austrian thumped a trademark cross-court one-handed backhand victor from deep with fearsome velocity, and it skidded agonisingly off the line beyond the helpless German.

U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys advanced to the last eight without dropping a set, defeating Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4. He looked exhausted, too, but continued with a heavily strapped left thigh.

Goerges broke the 23-times Grand Slam champion in the fourth game of the second set to get back on level terms at 2-2 but her moment in the spotlight was fleeting as she dropped serve in the very next game and Williams roared on to an easy victory.

The Munich and Madrid ATP champion weathered the storm and once again came through with another tiresome victory to extend his stay in Paris. The German also suffered 42 unforced errors, compared to Thiem's 20.

There was no messing around for Serena Williams on Saturday as she took only 75 minutes to knock out German 11th seed Julia Goerges 6-3 6-4 at the French Open and set up a heavyweight fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.

The two embraced warmly at the net: There is clearly no lack of respect for each other, and while this latest meeting did not live up to hopes and expectations, it promised plenty for the future.

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Buoyed by recent success, Zverev is confident of putting up a strong show in the quarter-final despite having been taken the distance in his last three rounds in Paris. I don't know if I'm going to play on grass.

"He's an unbelievable player. I mean, probably now the third-best after Rafa and Roger".

"I believe for me it is time to transfer on to make an excellent step, as a result of I am turning 25" in September, mentioned Thiem. "I'm not that young anymore".

"At the Grand Slams, there are the "Big Four".

IT was hard to discern which was less likely: that Novak Djokovic would falter in his French Open quarterfinal or that Marco Cecchinato, who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and once faced a possible ban for losing on goal, would rise to the occasion.

Rafael Nadal can pull even with a 12th French Open quarterfinal by winning on Monday.

The world No. 3 keeps surprising his audiences, but not as much as Italy's Marco Cecchinato, who shocked eighth seed David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. His Grand Slam record was 0-4 before last week.

"I believe it is the matchup numerous followers in Germany and Austria had been hoping for after they noticed the draw", mentioned Thiem. Unfortunately, it took me time to get well, and struggled with a little injury, as well, at the beginning. "I will make sure to be ready". My first quarter. I lost to a great player.

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