World No. 1 Novak Djokovic survived a monolithic scare connected astatine Roland Garros, and was facing the imaginable of his earliest exit astatine the Paris large since 2009, earlier his opponent's status saw him determination into the quarterfinals of the French Open 2021 connected Monday.
Djokovic had to combat backmost from a two-set shortage and was starring 4-0 successful the decider erstwhile Lorenzo Musetti concisely near the court, and conceded aft losing the adjacent 4 games.
Djokovic, who is chasing his 2nd French Open title, was up 6-7(7), 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-0, 4-0 earlier Musetti retired from the lucifer which ended aft 3 hours and 27 minutes connected Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The effect helped Djokovic amended his grounds to 34-10 successful five-set matches arsenic helium moved into the quarters astatine Roland Garros for the 15th clip successful his career.
The Serbian large volition adjacent look 9th-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini, who got a walkover erstwhile Roger Federer withdrew from his third-round lucifer connected Sunday.
SAKKARI STUNS KENIN
Meanwhile, French Open 2020 finalist Sofia Kenin was knocked retired of the contention by Greek subordinate Maria Sakkari, who moved into the quarterfinals astatine Roland Garros for the archetypal clip successful her career.
American Kenin was the highest-seeded (4) subordinate near successful the women's singles lawsuit but her run was chopped abbreviated erstwhile she mislaid 1-6, 3-6 against Sakkari, who precocious to her archetypal vocation Grand Slam quarterfinal and earned her sixth triumph against a top-20 subordinate this year.
Kenin mislaid service six times and had 32 unforced errors to 15 for the dependable Sakkari. She managed to clasp conscionable 2 work games and chopped a frustrated fig connected the Suzanne Lenglen court, perpetually muttering to herself but incapable to lick her problems.
Sakkari, the 17th seed, had mislaid some her erstwhile matches successful majors against the 2020 Australian Open winner, and volition conscionable either Polish defending champion Iga Swiatek oregon unseeded satellite No.81 Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine for a spot successful the semi-finals.