ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic follows Nadal and Federer into R4

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ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic follows Nadal and Federer into R4

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic has remained on the title course in Paris, defeating a qualifier Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes. The Serb delivered his 24th Grand Slam win in a row, moving four away from the second "Nole Slam" and even more prominent place in the tennis history.

Novak celebrated the 268th win at Grand Slams and the 66th at Roland Garros, becoming only the fourth player in history with 13 appearances in the last 16 here in Paris after Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Budge Patty. In what has been the best result in a career at Majors, Caruso gave his best to extend the match as much as possible, creating five break points and failing to convert any, with Novak taking almost half of the return points and six breaks from 11 opportunities, improving his tally over the qualifiers at Majors to 19-0!

The Serb hit 25 winners and 32 unforced errors, leaving Caruso on a 15-29 score and playing on a higher level when it mattered the most to sail into the last 16 where he will face Borna Coric or Jan-Lennard Struff. Djokovic drew first blood in the fourth game when Salvatore netted a backhand, cementing the break after saving two break points in the next game and a couple in game seven to move 5-2 up.

Serving for the set at 5-3, Novak came back from 30-0 down, taking the last four points and sealing the opener with a service winner after 46 minutes. Eager to improve the performance on serve, Djokovic dropped only six points in four service games of set number two, breaking in game five when the Italian's forehand landed long and again at 5-3 with a volley winner, moving 6-3, 6-3 in front after an hour and a half.

Saving a break point at the beginning of the decider, Novak never looked back and was all over Caruso, taking 16 of the last 18 points to cross the finish line in style with breaks in games six and eight, releasing a forehand winner in the final point to march on.