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French Open: Cecchinato Stuns Djokovic, Becomes First Italian in 40 Years to Reach Semis

Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-times major winner Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(4) 1-6 7-6(11) at the French Open on Tuesday to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 40 years.

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Updated:June 5, 2018, 11:18 PM IST
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French Open: Cecchinato Stuns Djokovic, Becomes First Italian in 40 Years to Reach Semis
Italy's Marco Cecchinato celebrates winning his quarter final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. (Reuters Image)
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Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-times major winner Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6(4) 1-6 7-6(11) at the French Open on Tuesday to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 40 years.

Cecchinato cruised through the opening set as Djokovic was suffering from neck pain before the Serbian fought back after the loss of the second. His opponent, however, was the stronger in an epic fourth-set tiebreak, prevailing on his fourth match point.

The last Italian man to take part in a major semi-final was Corrado Barazzutti at the 1978 French Open.

The unseeded Cecchinato, who broke down in tears after the match, next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday's final.

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| Edited by: Pratik Sagar
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