Stunned Serena Williams: I did not choke

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"I think she just played well on my serve after that point".

But I really, like, I was like, Yeah, maybe something little bit happened, but she's still on serve.

At 5-1 down in the deciding set, Pliskova admitted her "mind was already in the locker room".

She double-faults on the next point giving Pliskova a break point. Nadal saved three match points as he rallied from a set down to triumph 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (11-9) in a monstrous three-setter that took four hours and two minutes. Battling through three five-set marathons during the tournament and spending nearly 14 hours on court before tonight's match, the battle-worn Japanese veteran pulled out of the contest in the second set with the score 6-1, 4-1. With the audience having assumed the match would go to the feisty American anytime soon as she served on match point, things turned in the opposite direction when she wrenched her ankle during replay of a point.

This is something Williams has cited before: Her opponents know they are playing against one of the greatest athletes of all time, so they elevate their game. "I hate calling the trainer out".

"I'm very happy", Pouille said.

The Japanese in an interview after the game said she has gained more experience and was up to the task against Pliskova.

Williams rolled her ankle on match point and eventually surrendered her serve to allow Pliskova back into the match. Since then, her best performance has been a quarter-final finish at the US Open a year ago. "Not only that the match yesterday was tough, but also was emotionally tough, too". She was No. 1 at that time. The loss ends an impressive run for the 28-year-old Canadian.

"But most importantly, I think from all of the girls in the locker room, it's incredible just to see her back out here".

"Before the match, I was okay", Nishikori said. "It can happen to everybody".

"I have the attitude of, like, I've only been playing 10 months, but I expect to win, and if I don't, it's disappointing".

"You don't really feel", Pliskova said, "like you're going to win this match". Like I literally did everything I could on those match points.

Her motivation is "absolutely" still there, she added.

For Williams, all roads now lead to Roland Garros where she will be hoping for a more favourable draw.

The controversy overshadowed Osaka's terrific play, but the Japanese star has admirably kept it going. Raonic will be looking to reach a Grand Slam semifinals for the fourth time in his career when he plays Frenchman Pouille on Wednesday.

"We made a plan", he said, "and she worked incredibly hard". "I think honestly she played much better than when she was playing when I beat her in NY".

The second was very familiar, but no less remarkable, as Williams absorbed some serious pressure early in the second set before storming into overdrive. As it is, he declared that he'll return to the clay-court circuit this year and participate in the French Open for the first time since 2015.

Close to pulling off the upset at 3-2 in the second - yes an upset, no matter what the current rankings suggest - Pliskova blinked and was broken to love for 3-3.

The fifth game seemingly proved to be crucial as the American was again under siege, having to save a break point with a forehand volley victor, but gifting the Czech a second chance with a duffed overhead. "But what we saw after the 5-1 is unbelievable". Depending on if the sensational American makes the final or wins the tournament, the 25 year-old is likely to crack the Top 30 at least. In that game, Pliskova failed to take any of her five game points. "Of course, I wasn't fresh but I thought I was going to be okay".

A simple statement in a topsy-turvy quarterfinal.

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