French Open: Novak Djokovic survives scare to reach fourth round

first_imgDefending champion Novak Djokovic has reached the fourth round of the French Open after rallying to beat Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.Djokovic sealed victory on his first match point with a forehand winner down the line, completing the win in 3 hours, 19 minutes.The second-seeded Serb gave Schwartzman a hug and a part on the head at the net – and then joined in the applause as the Argentine player walked off Court Philippe Chatrier.”I was expecting a difficult game with a lot of rallies from the baseline, because the conditions are heavy,” Djokovic said moments after his win. “I want to congratulate Diego for a great battle, because he played very well.”Schwartzman needed some treatment to his back late in the fifth set.last_img