Rafel Nadal’s path to an 11th French Open title looks even smoother after Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev were sent packing.
Former world number one Djokovic was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world number 72 Marco Cecchinato, and then cast doubt over whether he will play at Wimbledon.
Italian Cecchinato won in four sets, scrambling over the line in an epic tie-break on his fourth match point.
Afterwards a dazed Djokovic, who has struggled with injury for much of the last year, was asked when he planned to make his first grass-court appearance.
He replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m going to play on grass. I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I just came from the court. Sorry, guys, I can’t give you that answer. I cannot give you any answer.
“How do I regroup? I don’t know. I’m just not thinking about tennis at the moment.”
His comments will give Wimbledon chiefs a headache, especially with fresh doubts cast over Andy Murray’s participation after he pulled out his planned comeback in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland.
Zverev admitted his exertions had finally caught up with him after exiting to Dominic Thiem.
Second seed Zverev had fought through three consecutive five-setters and spent almost two and a half hours longer on court than Thiem.
So it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old German began to cramp up badly and Thiem ending his entertaining run with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 6-1 victory.
“How close was I to pulling out? I thought about it. I definitely thought about it,” said Zverev.
“I knew I wasn’t going to win the match. There was no way for me. I mean, I could barely move. I couldn’t serve. I couldn’t really do anything.”
However, despite Zverev and Djokovic both being eliminated from the French Open, it was something else that happened tennis fans.
A tweet posted by Eugenie Bouchard during the Djokovic match didn't go down well with tennis fans, despite it being an innocent tweet.
The Canadian posted: "Who is this guy that Djokovic is playing? 😅👏🏼 #RG18"
To which tennis fans jumped the gun and assumed she was claiming he's an unknown quantity and some randomer.
Bouchard clearly saw the negative tweets she was receiving in abundance, and clarified what her tweet actually meant.
She said: "Wow guys my tweet was not meant in disrespect, I was genuinely asking cuz I had never heard of him and he was in quarters (now semis) of a slam. Also I put a clapping emoji (👏🏼) which is positive btw!
"Also your incessant need to compare/judge people is whack. I was talking about someone I saw on tv and you instantly compare that person to me, our rankings/careers etc. Like it has nothing to do with me 🙄 I’m just chillin watching some great tennis over here."
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