French Open 2018: Updates from Day 10

Follow Sportstar's live updates from day 10 of the 2018 French Open.

Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates his victory over Alexander Zverev in the French Open quarterfinal   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the French Open.

What a game we have had and what a day at Roland Garros. From Thiem's match to Key's smooth sailing and to Cecchinato's fairy tale, it had been a gripping day of tennis. We hope you have enjoyed the coverage as much as we did in bringing it to you. See you tomorrow! Good night!

This is what we will be seeing tomorrow:

Philippe Chatrier Court:

Garbine Muguruza vs Maria Sharapova
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman

Suzanne Lenglen Court:

Simona Halep vs Angelique Kerber
Marin Cilic vs Juan Martin del Potro

11.05 pm: It will be Dominic Thiem vs Marco Cecchinato in the semifinal.

11.00 pm: This is what the giant killer, Marco Cecchinato had to say:

"Maybe I’m sleeping. It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable for me. For me, to beat Djokovic in a quarter-final at Roland Garros it’s unbelievable. It’s amazing. I play unbelievable match. I start very well on my serve. I don’t understand anything. I was two breaks down on the tie break I was maybe two or three match points before the last one. And after in the fifth (set) I don’t know (what would have happened),  I was so tired. But I won the match and it was amazing. I am so tired. For me, it’s the first time semi-final Grand Slam, so I play one day yes and one day no. Now I need to think for the semi-final and I need some rest for recovery. I am very happy."

10.57 pm: Marco Cecchinato, ranked 72 is lowest-ranked French Open semifinalist since Andrei Medvedev in 1999. Medvedev was ranked 100 then.

10.55 pm: Marco Cecchinato becomes the first Italian and unseeded since Gael Monfils in 2008 to enter the semifinal of the Roland Garros in 40 years.

10.52 pm: Meanwhile, Nikola Mectic and Alexander Peya win their quarterfinal match 7-6(4), 6-2 against India's Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

10.51 pm: What a game and what a moment for Marco Cecchinato. He sends the former champion Novak Djokovic crashing out of the French Open. The Italian wins 6-3, 7-6(4), 1-6, 7-6(11).

10.48 pm: Novak Djokovic and Marco Cecchinato are locked 10-10 in the fourth set tie-breaker. Talk about some fascinating tennis. 

10.40 pm: This is nail-biting stuff. Novak Djokovic survives staving off a match point to draw level 6-6 in the fourth set tie-breaker against Marco Cecchinato.

10.30 pm: Marco Cecchinato and Novak Djokovic lead us into another tie-break.

10.27 pm: Three hours and counting. This has been top class stuff from Novak Djokovic and Marco Cecchinato.

Read: Alexander Zverev's best Grand Slam run came to a juddering halt as Dominic Thiem brushed him aside to reach the last four.

10.25 pm: Novak Djokovic staves off a break point threat and goes 6-5 up in the fourth set.

10.15 pm: Cecchinato has fuel in his tank too. He breaks Djokovic and crawls 4-5. He would love to hold his serve to draw level.

10.12 pm: Nikola Mectic and Alexander Peya win the first set 7-6(4) against India's Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

10.08 pm: The first set in the doubles quarterfinal is into the tie-break.

10.07 pm: Easy for Djokovic as he takes the fifth game in the fourth set. He shows who is the boss. An experienced campaigner and has ruled the tennis world in the past. Who knows about comeback better than him?

10.04 pm: Marco Cecchinato is making his way in the set. He is 2-4 in the set but it is Djokovic who will be on serve.

9.55 pm: Novak Djokovic is 4-1 up in the fourth set. Talk about comebacks! The Serb is all in course.

Watch: I sacrificed so much to play at Roland Garros - Williams

9.35 pm: Novak Djokovic is on course for a comeback. He wins the third set 6-1.

9.20 pm: On Court 1, we have India's Rohan Bopanna, partnering Edouard Roger-Vasselin, up against Nikola Mectic and Alexander Peya in their quarterfinal match.

9.05 pm: Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens moves into the Roland Garros semifinals with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina.

9.04 pm: Marco Cecchinato holds his nerve and wins the tie-break 7-4. He takes the second set and the former World No. 1 and the former champion Novak Djokovic is on the verge of an exit, unless he wins the next three sets.

9.00 pm: There is hardly anything to separate both the players. It is 3-3 in the tie-break.

8.57 pm: Cecchinato holds serve and it is 6-6 in the second set. We have the tie-breaker.

Also read: Keys unlocks the door to French Open semis

8.55 pm: Djokovic has three set points, but Cecchinato crawls back.

8.47 pm: Djokovic is 6-5 up in the second set but it will be Cecchinato on serve. A break is what the Serb will looking for while Italian will be looking to force the tie-breaker.

8.30 pm: Sloane Stephens wins the first set 6-3 against Kasatkina.

8.15 pm: A triple-break point opportunity for Djokovic and he accepts it with glee. The second set is now at 2-2 and Djokovic will be on serve (needless to say).

8.10 pm: Meanwhile on the Philippe-Chatrier Court, Stephens in 3-1 up against Kasatkina in the first set.

8.08 pm: Cecchinato is 1-0, and a break, up in the second set.

Also read: Nice girls finish last? That's a load of c**p, says Keys

8.00 pm: And another medical timeout. The physio is back, attending Djokovic's neck.

7.55 pm: Marco Cecchinato wins the first set over Novak Djokovic 6-3.

7.51 pm: Well, what are we seeing here? Novak Djokovic has just got a physio visit him and he looks to be massaging the Serb's neck.

7.51 pm: On the Philippe-Chatrier Court, we have Sloane Stephens vs Daria Kasatkina. The players are out and warming up.

7.50 pm: Cecchinato is leading Djokovic by 5-2 in the first set.

7.40 pm: This is what Dominic Thiem had to say, after his match.

"It was very tough for him today. He is one of the fittest guys on tour but even for him it’s tough to play three five setters in a row. For sure we will have many more encounters at this late stage of a Grand Slam, or even later. I love it so much here. It’s a third time in the semi-finals, it sounds amazing. When I was younger I never expected this, but reaching it for the third time it’s time for more, and I will try everything to take one more step this year."

7.37 pm: Meanwhile on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court, it is 3-1 in favour of Cecchinato.

7.33 pm: Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev and moves into the French Open semifinals. His third successive entry into the last four. The seventh seed has beaten the second seed, can we call this an upset? A semifinalist last year, Thiem wins 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 and will meet the winner of the match between Marco Cecchinato and Novak Djokovic.

7.25 pm: Just a matter of time now for Thiem? He leads 5-1 in the third set.

7.21 pm:  On the Suzanne-Lenglen Court, Marco Cecchinato and Novak Djokovic are warming up.

7.20 pm: Zverev wins one game. He is trailing 1-4 in the third.

7.17 pm: Zverev has stopped running. He is, we guess, determined to finish the match than withdraw from it.

7.15 pm: This is what Madison Keys had to say after her win:

"I definitely needed you guys’ support today, you helped me get through. I really just had to focus, because she was playing so well. I needed to take a couple more balls and then when I had the right one to go for it, to trust my game. I’m obviously very happy to win in straight sets and looking forward to playing whoever wins the next match."

7.12 pm: Well, on the Philippe-Chatrier Court, it is one-way traffic. Dominic Thiem has surged into a 3-0 lead in the third set, after winning the first two, against Alexander Zverev.

7.07 pm: Meanwhile Zverev has limped off the court. He is taking a medical timeout.

7.05 pm: Keys will now face compatriot Sloane Stephens or Russia's Daria Kasatkina in the semifinals.

7.00 pm: United States of America's Madison Keys storms into the semifinals of the French Open. The 13th seed demolished unseeded Yulina Putintseva 7-6(5), 6-4. Well, we can just say, it was business as usual.

6.57 pm: Meanwhile, Thiem is making light work of Zverev's fight. The seventh seed Austrian has won the second set, rather breezed through it 6-2.

6.45 pm: It looks like Keys is running away with this match. The 13th seed American is leading 5-3 in the second set.

6.35 pm: Meanwhile, on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court, we have Madison Keys winning the first set over Yulina Putintseva 7-6(5).

6.30 pm: Dominic Thiem wins the first set 6-4. Now, how strong will Zverev's comeback be?

6.13 pm: The first break of serve goes to Thiem! Can he go on to take the first set? He leads 4-3.

5.45 pm: Thiem and Zverev are set to start play with the German taking serve.


It's a late start but we are going to get things off with a cracker! The second seed Alexander Zverev will take on Austria's Dominic Thiem in the first men's quarterfinals.

Simultaneously, the United States' Madison Keys will face off against the unseeded Yulina Putintseva in the women's last-eight encounter.

In the second quarterfinal set of the day, 2016 champion Novak Djokovic takes on Italy's Marco Cecchinato. US Open champion Sloane Stephens will step into the Philippe-Chatrier arena with 14th seed Daria Kasatkina.

Earlier in the day, second-seeded pair Mate Pavic and Oliver Marach defeated Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.