Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov break rackets at French Open

Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov break rackets at French Open

Djokovic had two set points at 6-5 in the second but went on to lose the tiebreak.

At the site of his 12th and most recent major title, which came two years ago, Djokovic was stunned by 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11) in a rollicking match filled with long points and plenty of drama.

Cecchinato is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 1978 after his thrilling 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 7-6 (13/11) victory over the 12-time major champion.

The Bulgarian, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, has still never reached the second week at Roland Garros in eight attempts.

World number 72 Cecchinato, the lowest ranked played to reach the last four in Paris since Andrei Medvedev in 1999, took early control of the match as he moved 4-1 and a break up, with 20th seed Djokovic calling in the trainer for treatment on a sore neck.

Djokovic had also squandered three set points in the second set and failed to serve out the fourth in the ninth game after being 5-2 in front.

Asked about the upcoming grass season and Wimbledon, Djokovic said he might not be a part of it.

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"I don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do".

The tennis star was charged with match fixing and prohibited match betting.

He said: "Maybe I'm sleeping".

"It was an incredible, high level match", said Zverev.

"Well, I'm young, so I might as well stay on court, get some practice and entertain you guys", smiled Zverev, who is bidding to become the first German man to win the French Open since 1937.

The unseeded Cecchinato, who broke down in tears after the match, next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday's final.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion smashed his racket into the ground on three occasions after he missed a simple forehand, drawing boos from the crowd.

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Cecchinato said he was stunned by his triumph, coming just two years after his career was nearly derailed when he became embroiled in match fixing allegations.

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

The 31-year-old Serb said he did not "want to talk about tennis right now".

"I knew I'm not going to win the match".

'Well, it's never been hard for me to congratulate and hug an opponent that just we shared a great moment on the court, ' he added.

The 28-year-old, seeded 19th in his first Grand Slam since Wimbledon last year after struggling with injury, saw off Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Keys, the US Open runner-up past year, will face either Czech 26th seed Barbora Strycova or Yulia Putintseva, the 98th-ranked Kazakh, for a place in the semi-finals.

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Afterwards a dazed Djokovic, who has struggled with injury for much of the past year, was asked when he planned to make his first grass-court appearance.

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