Novak Djokovic Beats Fernando Verdasco, Enters Record 12th French Open Quarter-Final

Novak Djokovic Beats Fernando Verdasco, Enters Record 12th French Open Quarter-Final

Novak Djokovic Beats Fernando Verdasco, Enters Record 12th French Open Quarter-Final

The number two seed battled back from a set down after three to beat the unseeded Russian 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-3 6-3 in three hours 29 minutes on a warm afternoon in Paris. In the victory, Thiem won 85 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points.

Alexander Zverev reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final after a third consecutive five-set victory against Karen Khachanov at the French Open.

He will play Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 5-7 6-4. The most recent match was in this years Madrid Masters, a match Zverev won in straight sets. "So it's going to be an unbelievable challenge for me".

Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and Croatia's Mate Pavic cruised into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles tournament with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France's Eduoard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Sestini Hlavackova of the Czech Republic on Sunday.

The Serbian has now made the second week at Roland Garros for the last nine years in a row.

The 34-year-old Verdasco inflicted an early exit on Dimitrov, with the Spaniard winning 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-4 in his 350th clay-court match. Zverev has won each of his last six quarterfinal matches overall. The match kicked off with two breaks of serve and they found the range on serve to bring the next six games home easily before Sascha earned three break points in game nine.

The game turned out to be a nightmare for him, wasting three set points and allowing Karen to break back on his fifth chance to level the score at 5-5.

Zverev has youth on his side, but he has been spending a long time on court and his body is showing it.

Jonathan took the opportunity to cement the rapport by asking if he could ask more questions if Zverev reaches the final, where he is projected to meet defending champion Rafael Nadal.

The second seed, a quarter-finalist in Paris a year ago, will face Daria Kasatkina for a place in the last eight after the Russian beat Maria Sakkari 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

In women's singles, 13th-seeded Madison Keys and fellow American Sloane Stephens reached the quarter-finals for the first time at Roland Garros.

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