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Novak Djokovic rolls into 11th straight French Open quarterfinal

by Ryan

Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 11th consecutive year on Monday, extending his Open-era record at the tournament.

The top-seeded Djokovic faced his toughest challenge this year at Roland Garros but still won rather easily against No. 15 seed Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 at Court Philippe Chatrier, taking the last four games.

The stadium’s new $55 million retractable roof was shut because of a heavy downpour.

Djokovic has won all 12 sets he’s played in Paris this year and dropped a total of only 25 games. He lost five games in each of his first three matches.

The victory puts Djokovic in his 47th Grand Slam quarterfinal, second only to Roger Federer‘s 57.

Djokovic is seeking a second French Open championship and 18th major trophy overall. Among men, only Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have more.

Djokovic will face No. 17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta next. Carreno Busta got to his fourth Slam quarterfinal, and second at Roland Garros, by beating 186th-ranked qualifier Daniel Altmaier 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.

Carreno Busta was visited by a doctor after the second set but continued to play well en route to battling past Altmaier at Court Philippe Chatrier. It wasn’t immediately clear what was wrong with Carreno Busta.

During his match, Djokovic once again hit a line judge, this time with a big serve from Khachanov that glanced off the frame of Djokovic’s racket.

“My gosh, it was very awkward déjà vu. I’m actually trying to find the lines person and see if he’s OK because I saw he had a little bit of a bruise, like redness, in that place in the head where the ball hit him,” Djokovic said after the match.

Earlier, No. 5-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 13-seeded Andrey Rublev reached the last eight at Roland Garros for the first time.

Tsitsipas won against No. 18-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-2, and Rublev beat unseeded Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Tsitsipas, who had treatment for an irritation to his eye at the start of the second set, saved two set points in the tiebreaker.

“I feel irritation in my eye, and it happened in my previous matches as well. It’s still a bit irritated; I think it’s red,” Tsitsipas said. “The tiebreak was very tense; the tiebreak was where all the money was. I showed lots of discipline.”

Rublev saved three set points serving at 5-4 down and 0-40 in the fourth set, then won on his second match point when Fucsovics put a forehand into the net.

Serving at 3-2 up and deuce in the first set, Fucsovics was unhappy with a line call against him. He insisted the chair umpire look from a different angle.

“Come here and check from here, please,” Fucsovics said. “It’s your mistake, man. It’s your mistake, OK?”

The umpire checked, and still upheld the line call.

Two games later, Rublev was unhappy with his racket.

“Don’t understand how they can string so bad like this,” he muttered.

Rublev is a two-time US Open quarterfinalist.

He next faces Tsitsipas, having beaten him on clay in the Hamburg Open final last month.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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