Americans Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys into French semis

Alexander Zverev Rafael Nadal French Open

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal the hard way Sunday, beating Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 for his third straight comeback win in five sets at the tournament.

Zverev, whose previous Grand Slam best was reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon a year ago, said he spends up to four hours each day working on weights and fitness in the gym.

In the second game of the second set, she was convinced an incorrect call went in favor of Keys and asked the chair umpire to come down and check it.

Zverev becomes the first player at the French to win three straight 5-set matches since Tommy Robredo in 2013. "I had no problems to go the distance in long rallies and I won in the three sets against a player who is in form, especially for this surface". I can last five-set matches in a row, how I showed.

Zverev was serving for the set at 5-4, he soon trailed 0-40.

Putintseva made the first significant move with a break in the seventh game, but failed to serve out the set as Keys found her range.

Zverev's opponent today, Dominic Thiem, is usually the one accused of over-playing, and I still don't believe his participation in Lyon in the week before this event - after two clay Masters - was necessary, but Thiem is in the rather unusual position of hoping to exploit the accumulated fatigue of his opponent.

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The 24-year-old, back-to-back semi-finalist at Roland Garros, raced through the opening two sets easily as Nishikori recorded 16 unforced errors and struggle and was put on the back foot by Thiem's greater baseline aggression.

A thumping 135mph ace out wide wrapped up a one-set lead for the 24-year-old, who looked assured and dominant on serve.

"I think that's the matchup most of the fans in Germany and Austria were hoping for when they saw the draw", he said."He's an fantastic player".

Khachanov had some chances in the second and again late in the match, but his forehand let him down. But Cecchinato came all the way back, winning 10-8 in the fifth set.

But he put the second, a simple forehand victor, into the net and Zverev survived before going on to register a 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 victory in just under four hours. "I'll get myself ready for that". "I don't know. I'm just not thinking about tennis at the moment".

The 12-time grand slam winner's next challenger isn't David Goffin but rather Marco Cecchinato, who upset the ailing eighth-seed 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 after losing to the Belgian last month.

Cecchinato and Djokovic, who meet Tuesday, have crossed paths often in Monte Carlo. Unfortunately, it took me time to get well, and struggled with a little injury, as well, at the beginning. I knew I needed to keep swinging no matter what, even if it was very close, so that's what I did. "I am still aiming to play in the coming weeks, but I want to be 100 percent when I do return".

"That's obviously nice to hear, and it means that we play good tennis, both of us".

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