Djokovic reaches 10th straight French quarterfinal

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic became the first man to reach 10 consecutive French Open quarterfinals on Monday, posting a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
It’s the 44th time the 32-year-old Serbian star has reached the final eight of a Grand Slam tournament. He broke Struff five times, saved the only break point he faced and committed only 13 unforced errors in the one-hour, 33-minute match.

Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem in action during his match against Gael Monfils. (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports)

“I don’t mind cruising along, to be honest,” Djokovic said. “I have played plenty of tight matches in my career that I can rely on that experience. I think it’s good to be tested from that perspective, but at the same time, it’s also good to cruise along and conserve the energy for what’s coming up.”
The world No. 1 hasn’t dropped a set this year at Roland Garros as he enters a quarterfinal clash with fifth-seeded German Alexander Zverev. They have split four head-to-head matches, with the 22-year-old Zverev winning the only previous encounter on clay in 2017 in Rome.
Zverev came from behind in his fourth-round match, beating No. 9 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
In a match that was interrupted by darkness Sunday night, Kei Nishikori survived a slugfest against home favorite Benoit Paire. The Japanese No. 7 seed moved on to the quarterfinals in Paris for the first time with a 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5 victory.
“I’m just happy to win today,” said Nishikori, who squandered two match points during the fourth set tiebreak.
Nishikori improved his remarkable career record in deciding sets to 132-45, including 23-6 in five-set matches and 6-1 at the French Open.
Up next for Nishikori is 11-time champion Rafael Nadal. The second-seeded Spaniard leads their head-to-head series 10-2, including 3-0 on clay.
Another Frenchman’s run ended when No. 4 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria eliminated No. 14 seed Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Thiem had 27 winners and 14 unforced errors, compared to 25 winners and 35 errors for Monfils.
Thiem, who has reached at least the semifinals at Roland Garros in each of the past three years, will face either No. 8 seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina or No. 10 Karen Khachanov of Russia in the quarterfinals.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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