Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djoker sets French Open record, keeps Slam alive

Djoker sets French Open record, keeps Slam alive

German fifth seed Zverev reached his second successive Roland Garros quarter-final with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) win over Italy's Fabio Fognini.

Novak Djokovic today became the first man to reach the French Open quarter-finals for 10 successive seasons while Kei Nishikori set-up the toughest challenge on a clay court - facing Rafael Nadal.

Despite his recent dominance, the world number one has insisted 11-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal must again be considered the favourite on the red clay, yet it is hard to separate the two top seeds judging by Djokovic's ruthless performances.

It is the second time since 2016 that all French Open play was cancelled and third since 2000. "Then it's who's going to play who", said Laver on Monday.

"He nearly had it today", said Nishikori who had led two sets to one when the last-16 tie was suspended yesterday.

He will face fifth seed Alexander Zverev or ninth seed Fabio Fognini - who face each other later on Monday - in the last eight.

"It didn't seem like he was playing confidently after that and I probably elevated a level or two".

The first set was the tightest of the three, with Struff going toe-to-toe with Djokovic until the sole break in the penultimate game.

After saving two match points in the fourth-set tie-break, Paire served for the match at 5-3 in the decider but Nishikori won the final four games.

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Paire, the world number 38 who was trying to make the quarter-final of a Slam for the first time, was eventually undone by 15 double faults and 79 unforced errors.

Simona Halep in action at the French open on 28 May 2019.

Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam title victor, also thinks Djokovic is capable of becoming the first man since himself 50 years ago to win a calendar clean-sweep. "I love clay court and I love Paris, very happy to be here, so happy I get to play another match".

"He's won all four at one time or defending champion at all times, so he's already done that portion of it", he said.

Let's not forget Khachanov beat Djokovic in the Paris Masters final a year ago and he is taking his bow in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

French hopes in the singles were extinguished as Gael Monfils was handed a claycourt lesson in a three-set defeat by last year's runner-up Dominic Thiem of Austria.

The eighth-seeded Barty defeated Sofia Kenin 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

Playing the 16th Grand Slam tournament of his career, Zverev has never been past the quarterfinals.

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