Marco Cecchinato enjoys life-changing victory - French Open 2018

French Open casualty Grigor Dimitrov

French Open casualty Grigor Dimitrov

World number 38 Khachanov has now lost at the last-16 stage at Roland Garros twice in a row, while Zverev ended his wait for a maiden major last-eight appearance at the 12th attempt.

His Roland Garros marathon also left him physically drained - he needed his left thigh strapped in the second set. "Because if I played just to stay in points, I could never beat Novak".

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

Verdasco wavered for the only time in the match when he blazed a forehand long to allow Dimitrov to break back in the third set having established a 4-2 lead.

Even though he trails Thiem in their head-to-head, he won their most recent meeting on clay in the Madrid final this year.

His only previous run to the last 16 at a major was at Wimbledon past year and he next play either French 15th seed Lucas Pouille or Russia's Karen Khachanov. Many would have been hoping for a Nadal-Djokovic matchup for old time's sake.

"He's an incredible player".

"Unfortunately I have to continually stop here, I mean, the same time", Dimitrov told reporters. "On the return, when I saw (it) was on the line, it was the best moment of my life", he said.

He could next face a clash with two-time semi-finalist and seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who plays Italian Matteo Berrettini later in the third round.

Djokovic will next play another Spanish player, Fernando Verdasco.

Moody's cuts India's projected growth rate for 2018
For the financial year ended on March 31, the growth rate was pegged at 6.7 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent for a year earlier. Garg said the GDP growth for the whole year at 6.7 per cent was revised upward from 6.6 per cent in the earlier estimate.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the French Open on Friday by beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2.

Earlier in the day Keys, the 13th seed, reached the semi-finals for the first time by seeing off Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

US Open champion Stephens brushed aside Russian Daria Kasatkina to set up a repeat of last year's Flushing Meadows final with fellow American and good friend Keys.

Cecchinato, who described his sporting heroes as the Brazilian footballer Kaka and Marat Safin, is the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Corrado Barazzuti made the last four here in 1978.

With world number two Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko already eliminated, the bottom half of the women's draw has been throw wide open.

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

"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said Keys.

But all eyes will be on Monday's showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, with the latter trying to end an 18-match losing streak to her bitter rival.

The last of his 12 majors was secured at Roland Garros in 2016 when he completed a career Grand Slam.

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