Novak Djokovic storms into French Open quarter-finals in straight sets

Novak Djokovic French Open Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic French Open Rafael Nadal

The 12-time Grand Slam champion will play Marco Cecchinato in the last eight after the Italian upset Belgian eighth seed David Goffin.

Novak Djokovic doused Fernando Verdasco's fire then aimed a dig at French Open organizers for not watering the courts on Sunday as he moved confidently into the French Open quarter-finals.

The Serb broke serve at the first opportunity in the second set, Verdasco wiping out that deficit for 3-3, only to gift it straight back in a poor service game.

'That's all. I just questioned the decision from the chair umpire, actually, that he's listening to the grounds people.

"I always play well at a Slam and always build my form to peak at a Slam". Speaking about Djokovic's next match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco, Wilander says, "Djokovic will know that it's a match he could lose but I think we are seeing a more determined Djokovic".

After consoling his opponent at the net, Djokovic saluted the crowd who raised their colourful umbrellas in approval, clearly enjoying the 2016 champion's resurgence.

"It doesn't seem like they care too much about our opinion, and that's something I don't like".


In the end, however, Djokovic won with something to spare as his pursuit of a 13th Grand Slam title gathered pace.

Former world number one Djokovic has dropped down the rankings to 22nd after taking time off with an elbow injury following last year's Wimbledon.

But Zverev, as he did in his wins over Dusan Lajovic and Damir Dzumhur, forced a decider, sealing the set with an ace after saving two break points. "Very physical, very long games, a lot of exchanges". Serve, forehand, everything. He loves playing on clay.

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

"It is a pleasure to play against Novak, this moment is unbelievable for me".

'Yeah, it's important for me, obviously, especially considering all the circumstances that I was in in the last 15 months, ' he added. "It takes time to really understand the difference of being a part of the Grand Slam compared to other tournaments, because it is different". "I don't want to stop here".

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