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Novak Djokovic World no 1 finally through to last 8

Roberto Bautista Agut posed plenty of problems for Novak Djokovic, but the top seed at Roland Garros eventually prevailed in four sets.

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Novak Djokovic overcame the spirited resistance of Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday to book his place in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

 

Bautista Agut claimed the first set on Tuesday prior to a rain delay, only for Djokovic to level the match and open up a 4-1 advantage in set three before further showers forced the match - which had initially been scheduled for Monday - into a second day.

 

The world number one broke at the first time of asking when play resumed on Court Philippe Chatrier, courtesy of a stunning cross-court forehand winner, and held serve in the next game to move two sets to one up.

 

Yet Djokovic did not have things all his own way as he completed a 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5 triumph, with the athletic Bautista Agut briefly claiming a two-game lead in set four.

 

Having played two fantastic points under pressure to deny Djokovic a break, Bautista Agut opened up a 4-2 advantage when the Serbian followed a missed overhead by sending a backhand long.

 

However, the underdog faltered in the next game and Djokovic, who utilised the drop shot on a regular basis, soon claimed a second break.

 

Bautista Agut again showed his quality and character by saving a match point at the end of a lengthy rally, but the top seed was not to be denied and will now face either David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych in his 28th successive grand slam quarter-final.

 

 

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

 

Djokovic (1) bt Bautista Agut (14) 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5

 

 

 

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

 

Djokovic - 45/54

 

Bautista Agut - 31/49

 

 

 

ACES

 

Djokovic - 2

 

Bautista Agut - 1

 

 

 

BREAK POINTS WON

 

Djokovic - 9/22

 

Bautista Agut - 6/11

 

 

 

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

 

Djokovic - 71

 

Bautista Agut - 72

 

 

 

PERCENTAGE POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

 

Djokovic - 65/50

 

Bautista Agut - 54/43

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS

 

Djokovic - 140

 

Bautista Agut - 118

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