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Djokovic advances to quarterfinals in France for 10th straight year

Djokovic advances to quarterfinals in France for 10th straight year

Novak Djokovic again scored an easy victory at the French Open to advance to the quarterfinals of the Paris tournament, beating German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

With the victory over Struff, 45th in the world rankings, the Serbian and world number one becomes the first man to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for 10 consecutive years.

Top-seeded Djokovic extended his winning streak of Grand Slam tournament matches to 25 games. The winner of the clash between Alexander Zverev, seeded fifth, and Fabio Fognini, ninth, will be measured in the next round.

Djokovic is looking for his 16th majors title to close the gap to the 17 of the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the 20 of the Swiss Roger Federer.

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For his part, Kei Nishikori added his eighth win followed by five sets by eliminating Frenchman Benoit Paire with a 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5 victory that It took him two days to finalize.

The Japanese will have a tough challenge in the quarterfinals, where defending champion Nadal already awaits him. The Spaniard has won 10 of the 12 games between the two, including his three clay-court matches.

In a bout riddled with unforced errors that included 15 breakouts but also spectacular shots, Nishikori came out ahead after a nearly four-hour battle. The fourth round match had to be suspended on Sunday due to darkness, with the Japanese and the world’s seventh racket leading two sets to one.

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Nishikori extended his impressive record in five-set matches to 23-6, including a 6-1 record at the clay-court Grand Slam. The 29-year-old also has the best deciding-set winning percentage (132-45) – either in matches of five or three – since the Open era began in 1968.

In another result, fourth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils (14) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

In the women’s branch, Sofia Kenin and Katerina Siniakova could not continue their surprise performances with which they dispatched Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, respectively.

Kenin lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 to eighth-seeded Australian Ash Barty, while Czech Siniakova fell 6-2, 6-4 to 14th-seeded Madison Keys.

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Keys and Barty will meet in the quarterfinals. AP

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