The world no. 1 looks just fine and set to go all the way in Paris this week. 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.
Novak 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 stadium’s new $55 million retractable roof was shut because of a heavy downpour.
This victory puts Djokovic in his 47th Grand Slam quarterfinal, second only to Roger Federer’s 57. 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.
Djokovic, who is now 35-1 in 2020, was the far more opportunistic player, which proved critical on Court Philippe-Chatrier. The 2016 champion converted five of his 14 break points, while Khachanov only took advantage of two of his nine opportunities. Djokovic used that edge to triumph after two hours and 23 minutes. Throughout the tournament, Djokovic has used his drop shot in the heavy conditions, even admitting after his first-round match that he was perhaps using it too often. But on Monday, the 17-time Grand Slam champion took it to Khachanov. When the 15th seed has time to set up and swing, he is as powerful as anyone on the ATP Tour. So Djokovic went after his own shots to stop that from happening, hitting 44 winners to 31 for the Russian. He only made 28 unforced errors.
Djokovic will face No. 17 seed Pablo Carreno Busta or qualifier Daniel Altmaier next. The rain prevented their fourth-round match from starting when it was supposed to at open-air Court Suzanne Lenglen.