Thiem crushes Zverev to enter semifinals

Lawrence Cooper
June 8, 2018

Zverev says he spends up to four hours each day working on weights and fitness.

The second-seeded Zverev heads into the contest off the back of three five-set matches and has spent 11 hours and 56 minutes on court during his four matches to reach his first ever last eight clash at a grand slam.

Asked later about finally achieving the last eight at a major - he has won three Masters titles and makes regular appearances in quarterfinals at ATP events - Zverev offered up a mixture of sarcasm and humor, which is nothing new. Thiem lost to Zverev in the Madrid final but is the only player to beat Nadal on clay this year and he oozed confidence from the outset against the tall German.

If she wins that match, Keys could meet Stephens in the semifinals.

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.

Zverev hobbled off the court at the end of the second, but he did manage to resume the third - even in the knowledge he would require a five-set win to advance.

Dominic Thiem will next face the German world No 3 after the Austrian avoided being taken into a fifth set of his own as he thwarted a revival by Kei Nishikori to progress 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4. "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".

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

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The statistics made bleak reading for Zverev - he finished with 42 unforced errors and just 19 winners. However, in the second round he was extended to five sets by Lajovic, eventually winning 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-1 6-2.

That was the first set Nadal had dropped on clay since also losing to Thiem in Rome 12 months earlier.

On Tuesday, he became the first Italian to reach the last four at a major in 40 years by beating 12-times Grand Slam champion and 2016 Roland Garros victor Novak Djokovic on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The world number 72, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week, stunned Belgian eighth seed David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

The world number three said: "I thought it was a bit ridiculous, to be honest, because I was on the other side of the court". In the women's quarterfinals, two Americans could win and set up a semifinal rematch of their U.S. Open final past year: No. 10 Sloane Stephens and No. 13 Madison Keys. Cecchinato next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday's final.

Stephens - who performs both Caroline Wozniacki or Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday - snapped an 0-for-Four skid in French Open fourth rounds.

The Russian broke back immediately, and then saved three break points at 4-4 before going on to earn three break points of his own in the next game, clinching the third after a mini tantrum from his rattled opponent to take the first set.

"I didn't win it today, but it's a positive sign", said Khachanov.

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