Swiatek, who will also play the doubles semi-final on Friday, kept up the tempo and raced to a 4-0 lead before some nervous errors allowed Podoroska to avoid a second-set bagel with a break of serve.
The alarm bells were ringing for Djokovic when he faced two break points at 1-1 in the second set but he saved them before raising his level to square the match.
Then, against Rublev in the final of the clay-court Hamburg Open on Sept 27－Day 1 of the French Open－Tsitsipas served for the victory but wound up absorbing another disheartening defeat.
But the top seed reclaimed the initiative with another break at 4-3 on his way to taking the third set.
In less than two hours, Tsitsipas posted a dominating 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win to avenge his recent loss to the Russian and reach his second major semifinal. "I'm approaching that match with the same intensity and the same focus that I've been doing the last few matches". A 17-time Grand Slam victor, Djokovic has the championship experience. This will be the Serb's 10th career semi-final at Roland Garros.
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"It's what happens with opponents of this calibre, if you don't play well and he does, you lose for sure". "I'm still in the tournament, I don't want to reveal too much", the world No. 1, who received treatment on his left arm, said.
"We have a similar style of play, so I knew that if I could be as aggressive as possible, play with my forehand and use my serve to create opportunities, they [would] eventually come", Tsitsipas shared.
The chapters of disappointment are many for a player whose first two visits to Paris ended with injury retirements in 2005 and 2006.
World number 186 Altmaier is just the fourth man in 20 years to reach the round of 16 on his Grand Slam debut. "I don't know if he's in pain really, or he has mental [issues]". It's a sign that he is losing and that I was playing well, because he always does that. Dominic is someone that makes me understand the game and makes me want to push even further to reach what he has reached.
Unable to put up much resistance, Podoroska chose to show more aggression and started coming forward more to cut down the time for Swiatek to hit her big shots.
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a shot against Russia's Andrey Rublev during the quarterfinal of the French Open at the Roland Garros in Paris. In fact, he said he was glad Djokovic was showing that kind of vulnerability because it meant Carreno Busta was giving him trouble.