Highlights of French Open eighth day

Rafael Nadal French Open Alexander Zverev

It's Zverev's first Grand Slam quarterfinal, and he got there by winning three consecutive five-set matches.

But the greater power of Keys paid dividends in the breaker, as the American finally took the opener on her fourth set point with her 18th victor. If you do, leave this match alone from a pre-match betting point of view, but if you feel that Zverev will be as fresh as a daisy, then Zverev at [2.56] would be a viable consideration.

Despite the setback Zverev won an assured tiebreak, which included back-to-back backhand winners in the early stages, only for Khachanov to regain the upper hand in the match with two breaks in the third set.

Lacking his usual speed and quickness, Kei Nishikori could only put up a fearless fight in a 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 fourth-round French Open loss to Dominic Thiem on Sunday. After dropping serve to trail 4-1 Zverev called for the trainer and had a bandage applied to his left leg - hardly surprising considering the way he had been moved around by his close friend.

But he was then beaten in straight sets by Zverev in the final, two years after the Austrian prevailed in the round of 32 at Roland Garros. And the last 10 years you needed to beat at least two of them in a Grand Slam to win, and not many players did it.

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Putintseva fought hard at the start of the second set, but Keys broke through to take a 4-3 lead with a rasping forehand return before confidently serving her way to the semi-finals.

He cruised through the first set, held his nerve in the second set tiebreak, survived a comeback from former world number one Djokovic in the third, before prevailing in a highly-entertaining fourth-set tiebreak.

Novak Djokovic equaled Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros by beating No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

"I hope we have many more matches at the Grand Slams but when we are 100 percent".

Women's fourth round: No. 1 Simona Halep beat No. 16 Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1; No. 14 Daria Kasatkina beat No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 3 Garbine Muguruza beat Lesia Tsurenko 2-0, retired; No. 12 Angelique Kerber beat No. 7 Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3; No. 28 Maria Sharapova advanced when Serena Williams withdrew from the tournament. Elsewhere, Thiem bested Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 in their fourth-round duel.

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Stephens' compatriot Madison Keys beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-4, and will next face Yulia Putintseva, who knocked out No. 26 seed Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

The second-set tiebreaker was scrappy, Zverev clinching it with an ace to level the match. Cecchinato next faces Austrian Dominic Thiem for a place in Sunday's final.

"I didn't win it today, but it's a positive sign", said Khachanov.

To say that Zverev has endured a hard route to the last eight would be some understatement.

Thiem will be looking for revenge as he was handed a straight-game thrashing the last time the two youngsters met - Madrid Open final in May. Thiem's first sign of frailty came in the next game when an under-cooked dropshot and double-fault offered Zverev the chance to break back but the Austrian won a superb rally with both players at the net.

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