UNSEEDED CECCHINATO DEFEATS DJOKOVIC
Novak Djokovic was sent packing from the French open by little known Marco Cecchinato in a thrilling five set quester final match in Paris.
Cecchinato, ranked 72, became the lowest ranked semi-finalist in the Roland Garros since Andrei Medvedev who was ranked 100 reached the semis in 1999, and he is the first Italian to reach this stage of a Grand Slam since 1978.
Djokovic, 31, missed three set points and saved three match points before succumbing to Cecchinato 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 7-6 (13-11). The 25 years Old Italian was ecstatic after the victory as he has never won a main-draw match at a Grand Slam before this year’s French Open.
"Maybe I’m sleeping. It’s amazing, it’s unbelievable for me. I’m very happy because it’s unbelievable to beat Novak Djokovic in a quarter-final at Roland Garros," Cecchinato said.
Djokovic was left deflated after showing flashes of a comeback.
"Marco played amazing and credit to him. Congratulations for a great performance," Djokovic noted.
"I struggled from the beginning. Unfortunately, it took me time to get going, and I struggled with a little injury at the beginning.
Cecchinato will play Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the semi-final.