Novak Djokovic advanced to the 2019 French Open quarter-finals on Monday after he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to make the last eight at Roland Garros for the 13th time.
He’ll face Alexander Zverev in the next stage of the competition after the German defeated No. 9 Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Kei Nishikori and Benoit Paire also resumed their matchup that was suspended on Sunday. The Japanese contender topped a rollercoaster last two sets to triumph 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5 and set up a quarter-final meeting with Rafael Nadal.
Madison Keys carried on her good streak of form at recent Grand Slam tournaments to book her place in the last eight with a victory against Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-4.
The American will go up against No. 8 seed Ashleigh Barty, who finished strongly against Sofia Kenin and won 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on Monday.
(7) Kei Nishikori bt. Benoit Paire: 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-5
(1) Novak Djokovic bt. Jan-Lennard Struff: 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
(5) Alexander Zverev bt. (9) Fabio Fognini: 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
(4) Dominic Thiem bt. (14) Gael Monfils: 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
(10) Karen Khachanov bt. (8) Juan Martin del Potro: 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
(14) Madison Keys bt. Katerina Siniakova: 6-2, 6-4
(8) Ashleigh Barty bt. Sofia Kenin: 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
(3) Simona Halep bt. Iga Swiatek: 6-1, 6-0
Amanda Anisimova bt. Aliona Bolsova: 6-3, 6-0
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Djokovic was calm and calculated in his dismantling of Struff, who became the fourth player in succession to fall against the Serb in straight sets at Roland Garros.
The top seed has rarely been tested so far in his search to again hold all four majors simultaneously, and sportswriter Ben Rothenberg was underwhelmed by the dominance of the favourites:
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
Djokovic at #RG19 6-4 6-2 6-2 6-1 6-4 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-2 Nadal at #RG19 6-2 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-3 Federer at #RG19 6-2 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-1 7-6 6-2 6-3 6-3 On the up side, they’re rested. On the down side, it’s been dull.
Struff failed in his only attempt at breaking Djokovic and won just 21 percent of receiving points, per Roland Garros. However, a quarter-final encounter against either ninth seed Fognini or Zverev promises to offer more fireworks.
Nishikori qualified for his third French Open quarter-final after a raucous ending to his duel against Paire, coming back from 1-4 and 3-5 down in the fifth set to seal a mighty comeback, via Eurosport UK:
Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK
One of the matches of the tournament 🙌 In the drizzle at #RG19 Nishikori ousts Paire in a five-set thriller https://t.co/vEkzygMhcW
The No. 7 seed led 6-2, 6-7 (8), 6-2 when their match was stopped on Sunday, and Paire looked to have locked down what would have been his first French Open quarter-final appearance.
Nishikori had other plans and unleashed a four-game spree to turn the tide, although a one-day turnaround before facing 11-time champion Nadal doesn’t bode well for his chances of going further.
Keys, 24, and Barty, 23, each showed signs of encouragement ahead of their quarter-final clash and lived up to expectations in their fourth-round matchups against Siniakova and Kenin, respectively.
Tennis writer Jose Morgado hyped a clash between two young players enjoying the best majors form of their careers to date:
José Morgado @josemorgado
Back to back Grand Slams QFs for Ash Barty Five QFs in the last seven Grand Slams for Madison Keys. Should be a very good match on Wednesday. (h2h 1-1) [getty] https://t.co/AqJxo6l3sG
Keys suffered a break at the beginning of the second set but responded instantly and barged her way to just her second straight-sets win of the tournament.
Kenin couldn’t capitalise on Saturday’s surprise 6-2, 7-5 win against Serena Williams and limped over the line against Barty, where she made a critical 11 unforced errors in the decisive third set.