Novak Djokovic battles through to book Fernando Verdasco showdown

French Open casualty Grigor Dimitrov

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.

His opponent, however, was the stronger in an epic fourth-set tiebreak, prevailing on his fourth match point.

Stephens beat Keys in the U.S. Open final last September, and their rematch on Thursday will be the first all-American women's semifinal at the French Open since Serena Williams defeated Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

Since then, employing a smooth one-handed backhand, he has beaten players seeded No. 8 (David Goffin) and No. 10 (Pablo Carreno Busta), before adding former No. 1 Djokovic to his list. "There was another year of work where I improved and developed my game", said the 24-year-old.

"Just a pity that I couldn't capitalise on the chances in the 4-1 in the fourth set and some break points".

He arrived at Roland Garros with a 0-4 mark in the majors, and dropped the first two sets in the first round before coming all the way back to win 10-8 in the fifth.

The storm seemed to have blown itself out and Djokovic served for the fourth set at 5-3.

Cecchinato became the first Italian man in 40 years to reach a Grand Slam semi-final with a memorable 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 1-6 7-6 (13-11) victory after three hours and 26 minutes over the 12-time Grand Slam champion on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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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.

The 12-time grand slam victor was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world No.72 Marco Cecchinato.

Djokovic has been superb to this point at Roland-Garros, most recently defeating the streaking Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

It is the seventh time the world No. 35 has reached the French Open fourth round, but it is the only Grand Slam tournament where he is yet to make the last eight.

It's incredible to think the 25-year-old came to Paris having never won a Grand Slam singles match given his form.

"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.

"Sometimes you have to battle to get the win and that's what I did today".

"I obviously rely on what I learned there and how to manage my emotions and manage the moment, but there were so many late nights and I was so exhausted".

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