Novak Djokovic continues to struggle, edges past Agut in four sets

Novak Djokovic continues to struggle, edges past Agut in four sets

Zverev, considered among a select few capable of dethroning defending champion and French Open king Rafael Nadal, had to do it the hard way as he was on the right side of a 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 scoreline.

Bautista Agut saved a set point on his serve at 5-4 down, fighting off two more at 6-5 to force the tie-break, then taking his third set point in the decider to level.

There was also the boilover of frustration which saw him demolish his racket near the end of the second-set tiebreak.

Spaniard Verdasco had earlier demonstrated his class on clay with a straightforward win over disillusioned fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Djokovic won the next two sets in a manner akin to the dominance he enjoyed prior to an elbow injury and loss of motivation, which took a huge toll on his form.

Bulgarian Dimitrov won the ATP Tour Finals in London a year ago, but his wait for a grand slam title will go on after a 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 6-4 loss to the 30th seed.

Djokovic's frustrations boiled over during this third round match with Roberto Bautista Agut but the Serb managed to compose himself and come through in four sets.

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In a match played in the heaviest of conditions at Roland Garros that year, Djokovic triumphed in four sets despite losing the first.

But it was Djokovic who attracted much of the interest, marching into the last 16 of a Grand Slam for the 43rd time, second on the all-time list behind Roger Federer.

"In these kind of circumstances, sometimes emotions get the worst out of you or the best out of you, whatever you want to call it". "I'm not proud of doing that, to be honest".

However, Bautista Agut - seeded 13th - hit back, grabbing a break of his own before staving off three set points and prevailing in a tense tie-break thanks to an error from his opponent.

Second seeded Alexander Zverev in the match against Damir jumhuri played a match-point in the fifth set and for the first time in his career on the Grand slam beat the tennis player from the top 50.

But second seed Zverev roared back to oust the 6ft 6ins Russian, ranked 38 in the world, 4-6 7-6 (7/4) 2-6 6-3 6-3. And when you play against a great champion, you don't have many opportunities.

World No. 38 Khachanov has now lost at the last-16 stage at Roland Garros twice in a row, while Zverev ended his wait for a maiden Major last-eight appearance at the 12th attempt.

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