PARIS-For the first week of the French Open, Novak Djokovic looked like he was getting closer the kind of player he used to be, a man who wins Grand Slam titles in bunches.
A 25-year-old who had never won a Grand Slam match until last week asked if he was "dreaming" after he knocked Novak Djokovic out of the French Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Zverev produced some stunning tennis in the closing stages of a dramatic fourth-round victory and will next face Dominic Thiem who reached a third successive quarter-final in Paris by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.
The underdog shocked Djokovic on Tuesday, beating the 2016 Roland Garros champion 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6.
After fighting through three consecutive five-set match-wins, Zverev is still on track to be the first German men's champion at Roland Garros since 1937. I just came from the court.
"But I still wanted to finish the match and give the credit to Dominic. It paid off today".
Djokovic, seeded 20th as he continues his return from an elbow injury, was visibly angry in the second set, which he lost on a tie-break.
Even though he trails Thiem in their head-to-head, he won their most recent meeting on clay in the Madrid final this year.
Alexander Zverev of Germany (right) shakes hands with Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation after winning their men's round of 16 match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Djokovic, a former world number one and 12-time Grand Slam title victor, had previously only been beaten by a player ranked lower than 25-year-old Cecchinato at the majors on two occasions - Marat Safin at Wimbledon in 2008 when the maverick Russian was at 78 and 117th-ranked Denis Istomin at last year's Australian Open.
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"He's an wonderful player".
"How? I mean, we'll figure [it out]. So it's going to be an awesome challenge for me".
The Serbian needed lengthy treatment on a neck problem after dropping the first set. Since then, employing a smooth one-handed backhand, he has beaten players seeded No. 8 (David Goffin) and No. 10 (Pablo Carreno Busta), before adding former No. 1 Djokovic to his list.
But his last run to a semi-final at the Slams was when he went onto finish runner-up at the 2016 US Open.
When he qualified for the last eight at the French Open, Marco Cecchinato said it was the happiest day of his life.
Djokovic was sent spinning out of the French Open by world number 72 Marco Cecchinato.
The Serbian tennis star, who made his return earlier this year after being sidelined for nearly six months due to an elbow injury, was involved in a tight battle against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on court Suzanne-Lenglen.
"First week, my goal is to get to the second week", said Keys.
Djokovic made a slow start in a one-hour opening set, which took longer than the entire match between American Sloane Stephens and Estonia's Anett Kontaveit that had preceded it on Court Philippe Chatrier.