Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Novak Djokovic smashes racket, beats Roberto Bautista Agut

Novak Djokovic smashes racket, beats Roberto Bautista Agut

Djokovic, who underwent right elbow surgery earlier this year, is the 20th-seeded player in Paris, his lowest Grand Slam seeding since the 2006 US Open.

"It was a magnificent four hours of tennis, I'm very exhausted but delighted to come through", 2016 champion Djokovic said on court in accomplished French.

The draw has fallen in his favour with Verdasco having removed fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov and he had another slice of fortune on Sunday when eighth seed David Goffin was beaten by unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato. My life is tennis, no?

But Roland Garros has found a new hearthrob in the figure of Alexander Zverev. the young rising German had a five-setter that swung wildly with Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur, and he needed to save a match point on the way to the win.

He added: 'Well, I'm used to do it every day, no?

'That's the thing I've been doing since a lot of years.

The 31-year-old Serb has reached the last eight at Roland Garros for a 12th time - an Open era record.

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Bautista Agut faded in the third set as Djokovic marched into the last 16 of a grand slam for the 43rd time, second on the all-time list behind Roger Federer.

Djokovic was given a warning for racquet abuse as his anger boiled over.

Bautista Agut was the first to blink in the opening set after the first nine games went with serve.

"It was a big point and in these kind of circumstances emotions get the better of you", he said. I don't like doing that.

The grueling encounter passed three hours as Djokovic forced another breaker, which he took on his third set point.

That knocked the resistance out of the Spaniard, as he was broken at the first time of asking in the fourth set. "The fourth set was the best performance I have had in the tournament", Djokovic, who next plays Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco, said.

Djokovic is still lacking a little of the killer instinct of previous years, and he failed to serve out the match when leading 5-1, but quickly put any thoughts of a late wobble to bed in the following game.

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