Marco Cecchinato enjoys life-changing victory - French Open 2018

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Zverev, who also had to fight back from two sets to one down in the second round against Serbian Dusan Lajovic, is looking to become the first German man to win the title since 1937.

But from somewhere Cecchinato got a second wind and took the fourth in a thrilling tie-break, converting a fourth match point to win 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 1-6 7/6 (13-11).

Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens past year, will face Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a place in the semi-finals, after the world number 98 saw off Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

As his backhand return on his fourth match point landed beyond the outstretched arm of Djokovic, the tears flowed.

Djokovic claimed a close opening set, clinching the first break in the match in the 10th game to move ahead.

Djokovic was back with his former coach, Marián Vajda, who said Djokovic was not at his best at Roland Garros, but improving.

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2016 champion Djokovic, in a 12th Roland Garros quarter-final and 40th at the majors, is bidding to reach his 32nd Grand Slam semi-final when he faces world number 72 Cecchinato.

However, he threw away a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and ended up losing a dramatic tie-break.

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.

Like her compatriot and good friend Keys, US Open champion Stephens is in the quarter-finals for the first time and hoping to set up a repeat of last year's final in NY.

Seeded 20th after a well-documented slump, Djokovic blunted Verdasco's explosive firepower with his signature counter-punching to book an unlikely last-eight date with Marco Cecchinato.

"I think it's changed my life".

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Eight days ago, the 25-year-old Italian Marco Cecchinato was celebrating his first ever Grand Slam victory, having come from two sets down to beat Marius Copil of Romania 10-8 in the final set.

"I'm a better player in general, for sure".

"I definitely thought about it, but I didn't want to pull out for the first time of my career in a Grand Slam quarter-final", said Zverev.

"Then once you get to the second week, every match obviously has more nerves, and there's more on the line and all of that".

Even as he conceded the second set, Djokovic managed to regain his composure as he went on to pull off a 6-4 6-7 7-6 6-2 win over Agut in an intriguing third-round battle.

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