Top seed Novak Djokovic handed his first actual take a look at at this yr’s French Open with flying colors as he battled previous Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-Four 6-Three 6-Three on Monday to achieve the quarter-finals for the 14th time. The 33-year-old claimed a fourth successive straight-sets victory in his newest quest for a second French Open title, but it surely was nowhere close to as easy because the rating suggests.
Djokovic confronted stiff resistance earlier than taking the primary set and had an anxious second when his tried return off one Khachanov serve ricocheted off his body and struck a line choose within the head, reviving recollections of his U.S. Open debacle.
Khachanov saved 4 set factors at 2-5 within the second set earlier than Djokovic moved two units clear.
Djokovic seemed to be in cruise management when he led 2-Zero within the third however Khachanov took the subsequent three games and had two break factors for a 4-2 lead.
The Serb held, although, and regained management to ease into his 47th Grand Slam quarter-final where he’ll face both German qualifier Daniel Altmaier or 17th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, the person Djokovic was going through within the U.S. Open fourth round when he was defaulted for hitting a line choose with a ball.