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En condiciones complicadas, el No. 1 del Mundo Novak Djokovic se desenvolvió en largos intercambios desde el fondo de la cancha en la lenta tierra batida de Roland Garros ante Roberto Bautista Agut.

Djokovic Battles Into Roland Garros QFs

World No. 1 through after rain interruptions

Novak Djokovic completed a rain-affected clash against Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday for a place in the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

Top seed Djokovic, who has finished runner-up on three occasions, won 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 in three hours and 16 minutes to reach his 28th successive Grand Slam championship quarter-final. He will next play sixth seed Tomas Berdych, who beat No. 11 seed and 2013 finalist David Ferrer.

MOST CONSECUTIVE GRAND SLAM QUARTER-FINALS (OPEN ERA)

Player
Consecutive Appearances
36
28
27

MOST GRAND SLAM QUARTER-FINALS (OPEN ERA)

Player
No. of Appearances
47
41
36
36
Ivan Lendl (CZE/USA)
34

Play resumed with Djokovic leading 4-1 in the third set, under cloud cover. Djokovic immediately broke No. 14 seed Bautista Agut's serve in a 10-point game, then served out to 30 for the 43-minute set. Djokovic's concentration drifted in the fourth set and Bautista Agut capitalised to take a 4-2 lead. But the advantage was short-lived as Djokovic attacked the net and produced a string of testing drop shots to break in the seventh and 11th games.

"I know that I can play better and I have a couple more gears," said Djokovic. "That excites me, actually. [It] motivates me to work and get myself in that maximum speed hopefully for the next match and see where it takes me."

As a result of the victory, Djokovic is the first player in tennis history to pass US$100 million in career prize money.

Bautista Agut is now 0-5 lifetime against players ranked No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The highest-ranked player he has beaten was No. 5-ranked Juan Martin del Potro at the 2014 Australian Open and No. 5-ranked Berdych at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open.

"It was tough," said Bautista Agut. "But I was feeling great, because I was feeling great on court. These conditions were better to play against Novak today. I played great tennis. In some moments, I was close to him. I was break up in the fourth."

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