Djokovic in French Open quarters for 9th year in a row

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Paris, June 4 (IANS) Serbia’s Tennis star Novak Djokovic defeated Spain’s Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2, thus advancing to the French Open quarterfinals for the ninth year in a row. He’s won the title only once.

Djokovic, a former World No. 1, needed two hours and 25 minutes to get into the French Open last-8 for the 12th time on Sunday, reports Efe.

The first three games lasted for nearly half an hour, after which Djokovic saved a break point in the fourth game and then went up by 3-2, which proved to be decisive.

The 34-year-old Verdasco conceded his service game in the early stages of the second set, but he managed to break back to draw level at 3-3.

Verdasco, however, lost his service game once again as Djokovic, currently ranked No. 22 in the world, sealed the second set.

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Although Djokovic conceded his service game once in the third set, two breaks were all he needed to set up a quarterfinal clash against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato, who stunned Belgium’s David Goffin, the eighth seed.

–IANS

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