ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic eases past Jan-Lennard Struff to hit QF


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ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic eases past Jan-Lennard Struff to hit QF

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic has scored the 25th consecutive Grand Slam win, beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 33 minutes. Thus, Novak has become the first player in history with ten consecutive quarter-finals at Roland Garros after a straight sets loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2009, tying Nadal's record of 13 runs towards the last eight overall.

Struff played a marathon against Borna Coric two days ago and stood no chance against Novak today, taking only 14 points on the return and creating one break point in the last game of the match. On the other hand, Djokovic stole almost half of the return points and delivered five breaks from seven opportunities, controlling the scoreboard from start to finish to march into the quarters and save energy for more challenging encounters.

The Serb finished the match with 31 winners and 12 unforced errors, doing everything right on the court and moving three wins away from the second "Nole Slam" and even more significant place in the history books.

Settling into an excellent rhythm right from the start, Novak served well and mounted the pressure on Struff who gave serve away at 15 at 3-4 after a smash winner from Djokovic who closed the opener with a service winner in game nine.

The Serb grabbed 12 of the last 14 points, shifting into a higher gear when it mattered the most to bring the opener home in 33 minutes. World no. 1 lost only two points on serve in set number two, breaking Struff in games one and three and thundering towards the finish line with a hold in game eight for two sets to love lead after 61 minutes.

Nothing changed in set number three, with Jan-Lennard suffering breaks in the first and third games, powerless on the return until game eight when he created the first break point of the match. Novak repelled it with a solid attack, sealing the deal two points later to avoid more heavy rain and more time spent on the court.