But the Austrian broke decisively for 4-3 in the fourth set with a trademark forehand victor.
Where can I stream Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev? . Incredibly, this was nearly replicated by Fabio Fognini, who looked down and out after two sets, only to take his match with Marin Cilic to a decider, which eventually was taken by the Croat.
The two great friends, who met in the US Open final past year - won by Stephens - will face each other in the last four at Roland Garros.
Marco Cecchinato beat former champion and 12-time major victor Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 to become the first Italian man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 40 years. After 40 minutes, he had served out the set with an ace, 6-4.
Up next for Keys is Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, who upset 26th seed Czech Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3.
Her box, including three-time major victor Lindsay Davenport, rose to acclaim Keys, who lost last year's U.S. Open final to friend and countrywoman Sloane Stephens.
Pavic and Dabrowski will face Demi Schuurs and Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands in Monday's quarter-finals.
"There is no point where I would say that it's not working". "It will be a pleasure to play against Novak".
Up next, will be a tasty quarterfinal showdown against Dominic Thiem.
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"A hard one to swallow", Djokovic acknowledged during a brief news conference, in which he delivered clipped answers and said he might not play during the upcoming grass-court season. The Serbian will meet Italian underdog Marco Cecchinato as the latter shocked eighth-seeded David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic dropped his first set, and smashed his first racket, at this year's French Open - but still battled through to the fourth round.
The 23-year-old will next face U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys.
Stephens - who performs both Caroline Wozniacki or Daria Kasatkina on Tuesday - snapped an 0-for-Four skid in French Open fourth rounds. "I'm expecting another five-set match", Zverev said with a smile.
His win over No. 19 seed Nishikori was surprisingly one-sided at times, particularly as he collected a bagel win in the second set, where the Japanese star's serve was nearly completely nullified by the advancing athlete. "In the end it was very close and I was a bit nervous in the end as it is always hard to serve to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open", said Thiem, a semifinalist here in 2016 and 2017.
In a tight first set of a match played in overcast, heavy conditions, Thiem converted the only break point off a backhand victor in the seventh game before securing the opener with an ace.
"I love these conditions; it was the first time for me on Court Philippe-Chatrier not playing against Rafa (Nadal).so I could enjoy the court".
Thiem leads Zverev 4-2 ahead of their Tuesday showdown. It paid off today."A tight first set heated up in the 10th game when Zverev saved two set points, the second after becoming incensed when the umpire overturned a line call out from a Khachanov shot.But the Russian sealed the set at the third time of asking, leaving the world number three needing a fightback for the third consecutive match".