Novak Djokovic takes swipe at French Open officials

Novak Djokovic takes swipe at French Open officials

Novak Djokovic takes swipe at French Open officials

Djokovic eased past Spanish veteran Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and will play in the last eight at Roland Garros for a record 12th time.

12-times Grand Slam victor Djokovic looked back to some of his best form in recent times, and certainly looks a better player than his seeding of 20 in the French capital as he reached his first major quarter-final since Wimbledon 11 months ago.

Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates winning against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation during their men's round of 16 match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France.

"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.

Zverev has won eight titles, including three Masters 1000 crowns, at the tour level but his abilities to deliver at crunch moments and remain unaffected by fatigue were questioned following his dismal performances in Grand Slams in the past.

"I think that's the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw", he said. "So it's going to be an wonderful challenge for me".

The quarter-finals get under way at the 2018 French Open on Tuesday, and Novak Djokovic has a chance to make the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2016.

While Cecchinato's run has surprised many he has shown form this year on clay, beating Italian number one Fabio Fognini in Munich in the build-up to the French Open.

Djokovic looked shaky to start off as Verdasco's thunderous groundstrokes were becoming hard to manage, however, Djokovic, in pursuit of his 13th Grand Slam, managed to overcome Verdasco's fire.

In a match that was played over two days, the 21-year-old defeated Wozniacki 7-6 (5), 6-3, while Stephens beat No. 25 seed Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-0 to reach the last eight. "Maybe is a dream, because now I'm very happy for this match", said Cecchinato, the ninth Italian man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in the professional era.

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

American 13th seed Madison Keys also reached her first Roland Garros quarter-final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu.

In the women's quarterfinals, two Americans could win and set up a semifinal rematch of their U.S. Open final previous year: No. 10 Sloane Stephens and No. 13 Madison Keys.

"To be able to win that first set and get ahead was crucial". It would be Keys' first semifinal appearance since the 2015 Australian Open, where she lost to Serena Williams.

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