In an extraordinary post-match press conference, Djokovic then said he may even skip Wimbledon where he has been champion three times. I mean, he was better player in the third set, for example, and it was supposed to go his way. he was serving for it.
Thiem, who lost in the semis to Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal past year, said he is now better-equipped to go all the way.
"Maybe I'm sleeping. It's incredible, it's unbelievable for me". He deserved. And that's something everybody should do.On the other hand, when you walk off the court, of course, it's a hard one to swallow.' Asked if it's the most painful defeat in his career, Djokovic replied: 'No.
Djokovic smashed his racquet after missing a simple forehand close to the net and there were further signs of frustration when he fell behind early in the next set, too. "It's awesome", he said. I struggled from the beginning.
There was an upset on Court 18 when Marco Cecchinato came from a set down to claim a 3-1 victory over Spaniard and tenth seed Pablo Carreno. There were moments in that tiebreak when it felt like Djokovic would force the final set and then there was a freakish moment, when Djokovic skied the ball when he could have taken the set.
The 31-year-old also needed a medical timeout to treat a neck injury which looked as if it would derail him when he slipped 0-2 down in the second set to the Italian outsider. There were two more set points at 8-7 and 9-8, both coolly saved by Cecchinato, who never panicked in spite of his lack of Grand Slam experience.
Cecchinato received a penalty point immediately after Djokovic was treated, for unsportsmanlike conduct after a lengthy argument with the umpire and supervisor for leaving the court without permission.
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Djokovic sprinted out to 5-2 but was reeled back in to 5-5, having squandered three points for a double break in the sixth game.
Djokovic won 144 points to Cecchinato's 140 in the end but was surprisingly less effective in the clutch plays, one particular area of his game that seemingly still needs recovery.
Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic says he "doesn't know if I am going to play on grass" after losing in the French Open quarter-finals.
Former world number one Djokovic will face Italian surprise package Marco Cecchinato in his 40th major quarter-final.
Two service breaks in the third set were not enough for Dimitrov, as he conceded his own three times, to lose for the third time against Verdasco in five career matches.
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.