Novak Djokovic loses cool however not match at French Open

Novak Djokovic 'It's a tragedy what Bautista Agut went through'

Novak Djokovic 'It's a tragedy what Bautista Agut went through'

Verdasco saved four set points in the opener on his way to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4 triumph, with Dimitrov - knocked out in the third round for a second successive year - declaring afterwards he will be taking a break from the sport.

He continued to grind away in a topsy-turvy third set, though, with Bautista Agut failing to serving it out as both players were broken three times.

After consoling 13th seed Bautista Agut at the net, Djokovic saluted the crowd who raised their colourful umbrellas in approval, clearly enjoying the 2016 champion's resurgence.

"Yeah, it's important for me, obviously, especially considering all the circumstances that I was in in the last 15 months", Djokovic said.

Using the momentum Bautista Agut subsequently took a 5-Three lead within the third set however could not serve it out.

"That's when you have to deal with this kind of emotions and understand how you can get better, how you balance everything that is happening inside so you can come out the next challenge and learn from it and be better". "I'm not proud of that, to be honest".

He has now played 18 sets to Nadal's nine, with the Spaniard facing unseeded German Max Marterer on Monday in his fourth-round tie. "I don't like doing it, but at times it happens". Djokovic was given a warning for racquet abuse as his anger boiled over.

The 21-year-old played some stunning tennis in the closing stages of a dramatic 4-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 fourth-round victory and will next face Dominic Thiem who reached a third successive quarterfinal in Paris by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.

He regained his composure and broke the 13th-seeded Bautista Agut's serve early in the fourth set to take control.

"Then once you get to the second week, every match obviously has more nerves, and there's more on the line".

"My life is tennis so I'm used to going inside the court and forgetting about my real life", he said. However, he has never managed to reach the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros.

"And after three hours and 15, 20 minutes, to be able to play that way and finish the match in tough conditions against a player who doesn't miss a lot and puts a lot of balls back, that's something that gives me great deal of confidence".

While Djokovic pursues a 13th Grand Slam title, 23-year-old American Madison Keys is still searching for number one.

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