Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal on a massive Roland Garros record

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Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal on a massive Roland Garros record

Playing 100 matches at a single Major requests deep runs at that event for over 15 years! Only four players in the Open era have accomplished that, starting with Jimmy Connors and moving to, you guess, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The American achieved that at the US Open and Wimbledon, and Federer responded with over 100 encounters at three different Majors. Rafael Nadal matched the feat in his kingdom in Paris, becoming the first player with 100 matches at Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic has more titles at three other Majors in comparison to Roland Garros, but his 100th clash at a single Major came in Paris instead of Melbourne, London or New York. Djokovic made his Roland Garros debut in 2005, just after turning 18.

The Serb has been among the most consistent players in Paris alongside Rafael Nadal, reaching 16 quarter-finals from 18 appearances and battling in his 100th match in the third round last week.

Novak Djokovic is the second player with 100 Roland Garros matches.

Novak played on a high level in a milestone clash in Paris and toppled Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes for a place in the quarter-final.

Djokovic defended seven out of eight break points to keep the pressure on the other side. He took over half of the return points and turned them into six breaks from 11 opportunities to control the scoreboard and sail over the finish line.

They stayed close to each other in the most extended rallies, and Novak took charge in the shortest and mid-range exchanges to emerge at the top and remain on the title course. Djokovic saved a couple of break chances in the opener's third game to avoid an early setback and grabbed a break at 15 in the next one to move in front.

Pushing strong on the return, the Serb seized the fourth break chance in game six after the Argentine's double fault to move 5-1 ahead and serve for the set. Novak held at love a few minutes later to wrap up the opener 6-1 in 35 minutes.

Schwartzman broke in the second set's second game after Djokovic's forehand error and gained a 3-0 advantage. The defending champion pulled a break back in game five with a forehand winner and erased three break points in the next one to lock the result at 3-3.

The Serb broke at love a few minutes later to rattle off the fourth straight game and move in front. Losing ground in those moments, Diego got broken for the third consecutive time at 3-5 to hand the set to Novak, who was a clear favorite in the third set.

Djokovic fended off a break chance in the fifth game and made a crucial break in the next one after Schwartzman's loose backhand. Diego saved a match point in game eight to prolong his chances before Novak emerged at the top with a hold at love at 5-3.