First Grand Slam quarter-final 'isn't the end' for Zverev

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"In the end it was very close and I was a bit nervous in the end as it is always hard to serve to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open", said Thiem, a semifinalist here in 2016 and 2017. His ranking of No. 72 is the lowest in a decade for a man in the final eight at the French Open.

Zhang Shuai bowed out from mixed doubles in the second round with Australian John Peers following a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 loss to Nicole Melichar and Alexander Peya.

Zverev moves on to face seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4 on Sunday to book his place in the next round.

After squandering two break-point chances, Zverev made amends in the Russian's following service game in the second set to take command but Khachanov hit back on his fifth break point when the German served for the second set to secure the break back.

When the match ended on court docket Suzanne-Lenglen, Zverev sunk to his knees with arms outstretched.

With his left thigh heavily strapped, the 21-year-old German was soon two sets down and looking at having to become the first player to win four consecutive five-setters if he was to make the semi-finals.

"I don't know if I'm going to play on grass", Djokovic told a media conference room minutes after walking off court.

Asked Sunday whether he wanted to explain what happened, Cecchinato replied in Italian: "Right now, I want to enjoy this moment".

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"But I hope I can win more matches here. This is the quarterfinals".

World number one and red-hot favourite Nadal, yet to drop a set in the tournament, faces Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in his quarter-final on Wednesday.

In a tight first set of a match played in overcast, heavy conditions, Thiem converted the only break point off a backhand victor in the seventh game before securing the opener with an ace.

"I'll make sure that to be prepared in two days' time".

Thiem has been even more impressive considering the opponents he encountered. Thiem called their upcoming quarterfinal "the matchup most fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw".

"I'm very happy about being in the quarter-finals here", Zverev said. "I'm not that young anymore".

At least Thiem can take heart from fellow countryman and former world number one Thomas Muster who won the French Open in 1995 playing in his 28th major. Both have provided Nadal with challenges during this clay court season, although only Thiem has beaten him.

Dabrowski won the mixed doubles title in Paris a year ago with India's Rohan Bopanna.

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Kasatkina doesn't possess Ostapenko's power but she owns a varied game with her share of power and spin. Twenty more minutes elapsed before the duo went off.

Djokovic eased previous Fernando Verdasco 6-Three 6-Four 6-2, though the early phases on Philippe-Chatrier court docket instructed a prolonged battle.

The 12-time grand slam winner's subsequent challenger is not David Goffin however fairly Marco Cecchinato, who upset the ailing eighth-seed 7-5 4-6 6-Zero 6-Three after shedding to the Belgian final month.

"The first two sets were unbelievable but then he raised his level and it was 50-50", said Thiem of Nishikori.

U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys overcame Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1 6-4 in just over an hour to reach her first quarter-finals at Roland Garros. Kontaveit upset Petra Kvitova on Saturday and flourished ahead of Roland Garros.

Williams leads the series 19-2.

"I think it's changed my life".

Nadal, meanwhile, is bidding for yet another win at Roland Garros. This was illustrated in the 10th game of the second set.

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