Austria’s Dominic Thiem on Sunday defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 to reach his third consecutive French Open quarterfinals, setting up a duel with Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
The Austrian seventh-seed needed two hours and 28 minutes to eliminate 19th-seeded Nishikori, a finalist at the Monte-Carlo Masters in April.
“It’s something very special to serve for the French Open quarters,” the Austrian player said after clinching his game-winning point.
Although Thiem, a semi-finalist in the last two editions, lost his concentration at the end of the third set, he returned to top form in the fourth set to win the tennis match.
“At the end, I was nervous,” Thiem admitted.
The Austrian is set to face second-seeded Zverev, who knocked out Karen Khachanov of Russia 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a marathon match that lasted three hours and 29 minutes.
Novak Djokovic too showed great signs that he was slowly regaining his best form after a torrid couple of years with injury when he dispatched off Fernando Verdasco. He beat the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in straight sets to send a warning to his rivals that as he dusts off his rustiness, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the final stages of the tournament.
Djokovic will now face World No.72 Marco Cecchianto who is having a fairy-tale run in the tournament. He beat the much more fancied David Goffin who is seeded 8th 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the round of 16.
– With inputs from IANS