"So I don't know where he was completing and what he was completing, because I think if we watch on the Hawk-Eye, the ball is totally out". "This is the quarterfinals".
"I'm a better player in general, for sure", Thiem, the only player to beat possible final opponent Nadal on clay this year, told reporters. He was also taken to five sets by Dusan Lajovic in the second round and saved match point against Damir Dzumhur in the third, but getting through is all that matters to him.
The Austrian blew the Monte Carlo finalist away within the first two units, misplaced the third, however got here by means of 6-2 6-Zero 5-7 6-Four to land in a 3rd consecutive Roland Garros quarterfinal.
Murray has yet to make his return from hip surgery, though is expected to play at least part of the grass season, while the long-absent Djokovic has been working his way back to fitness and winning ways through the clay swing, and was into his 12th French Open quarter-final, his 40th Major quarter-final overall, with an eye on a ninth French semi. "I am not that younger anymore".
Dabrowski won the mixed doubles title in Paris past year with India's Rohan Bopanna.
He followed up a wickedly spinning sublime backhand drop with another rasping one-handed backhand victor after saving a break point to lead 5-1 and sealing a crushing win with a straightforward backhand into an open court.
With unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato his opponent on Friday after beating Djokovic, Thiem will be the overwhelming favourite to become the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1995 to contest a Grand Slam final.
Middle of the second set, the pain was too much.
To achieve that feat, Cecchinato, who in 2016 was suspended for 18 months for match fixing before his ban was lifted following a successful appeal, displayed an impressive range of claycourt tennis skills.
But he put the second, a simple forehand victor, into the net and Zverev survived before going on to register a 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 victory in just under four hours. Zverev had stacked up wins through the run-up to Roland Garros.
Third-seed pair of Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez survived a mid-match blip to beat Serena and Venus Williams 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-0 in the women's doubles clash.
Having escaped Saturday - 8-6 within the third set over Camila Giorgi - Stephens had a surprisingly easier time within the fourth spherical, easing previous 25th-seed Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-0.
Williams leads the series 19-2.
"Today is a ideal example of what I have been trying to do, and I think it showed today", Keys said.
Nadal, meanwhile, is bidding for yet another win at Roland Garros.
A straight-set win over Germany's Maximilian Marterer and the 10-time champion would make it 37 straight units in southwest Paris.