Novak Djokovic made to combat

PARIS, October 5

Top seed Novak Djokovic passed his first real test at this year’s French Open with flying colours as he battled past Russia’s Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals for the 14th time. The 33-year-old claimed a fourth successive straight-set victory in his latest quest for a second French Open title, but it was nowhere near as straightforward as the score suggests.

Djokovic faced stiff resistance before taking the first set and had an anxious moment when his attempted return off one Khachanov serve ricocheted off his frame and struck a line judge in the head, reviving memories of his US Open debacle.

Greek legend

Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the second time as he brushed aside Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 7-6(9) 6-2. He will next face Russian Andrey Rublev, who reached his second successive Grand Slam quarterfinal as he beat Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4 7-6(3).

8-year gap

Czech left-hander Petra Kvitova reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in eight years as she overpowered China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4. She will next face world No. 66 Laura Siegemund, the oldest player left in the draw at 32. The unseeded German beat Spaniard Paula Badosa 7-5 6-2 to reach her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal. — Reuters

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