Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco, cruises into record 12th French Open quarter-final

Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 12th time on Sunday as he subdued feisty Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in Paris on Sunday.

tennis Updated: Jun 03, 2018 23:11 IST
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Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his French Open fourth round match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco on Sunday.(REUTERS)

Novak Djokovic cruised into anOpen Era-record 12th French Open quarter-final with a straight-sets defeat of Fernando Verdasco on Sunday.

The 12-time grand slam champion also matched Roger Federer’s record of nine consecutiveappearances in the last eight at Roland Garroswith a dominant 6-3, 6-4, 6-2victory.

Djokovic has lost his way since completing a career Grand Slam in Paris two years ago, but he has been looking more like one of the modern-day greats this week after recovering from elbow surgery.

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The 20th seed from Serbia dominated the Spaniard on Court Philippe Chatrier, beating him for a sixth consecutive time to book a meeting with surprise package Marco Cecchinato.

Verdasco made 48 unforced errors and grew increasingly furious with himself as he missed out on a first French Open quarter-final at the 16th attempt.

Djokovic roaredafter saving two break points to hold in a lengthy third game and conjured up a majestic forehand winner in the next to take a 3-1 lead.

The 2016 champion showed plenty of aggression and went a set up when the 30th seedthudded a backhand into the net from the baseline with Djokovic charging forwards.

Verdasco chuntered at himself, towards his box and at the chair umpire as he toiled in the heat, a wild forehand gifting Djokovic a break in the first game of the second set.

The former world number one was pegged back at 3-3 when he was broken to love in a poor service game, but Verdasco threw his racket down after he failed to hold in the next.

Djokovic wrapped up the second set with a rasping forehand winner after his opponent was treated for a blister on his right foot and another errant backhand putVerdasco a break down in the first game of the third.

Djokovic went a double break up with a flustered Verdasco wilting, the world number 35 packing his bag in a hurry after blasting a forehand long to bow out.

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 23:10 IST