ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic moves ahead of Roger Federer after reaching R16

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ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic moves ahead of Roger Federer after reaching R16

World no. 1 is through to the last 16 in Paris, beating Daniel Elahi Garan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and seven minutes. It was the 71st triumph in Paris for Novak, leaving Roger Federer on 70 and staying on the title course.

Djokovic lost the ground slightly after a rain delay that halted the action for some 20 minutes, doing enough to seal the deal in straight sets and set Karen Khachanov clash. Novak had 38 winners and 28 unforced errors, saving all five break chances and delivering seven breaks to secure the triumph in style.

Serving at 71% in the opening set, Djokovic lost two points behind the initial shot in the opener, hitting ten winners and five unforced errors and leaving the rival without a direct point. The Colombian needed a good start and we saw quite the opposite, suffering a break in the first game following a forced error.

Djokovic closed the second game at love with a smash winner, stayed in the third game and grabbed another break when Elahi Galan netted a forehand, wasting three game points and falling 3-0 behind. Novak held at love in game four to move further in front and delivered a perfect drop shot for one more break of serve in game five.

Serving for the set and a bagel, world no. 1 placed a volley winner to wrap up the first part of the encounter in 25 minutes, wasting no time on the court. Continuing where he left, Novak kicked off the second set with a forehand winner that secured the fourth straight break for him.

Facing first problems in his games, Djokovic saved a break point with a winner at the net, confirming the advantage and securing the eighth consecutive game since the start of the encounter. Elahi Galan earned his first game after 42 minutes, firing a forehand crosscourt winner in game three to reduce the deficit.

The rain started to fall and the players had to stop the action while the roof was getting on, not in time to keep the court safe as it became soaked. The Colombian almost hurt himself in the last point, and they had to wait for some 20 minutes to continue.

Novak Djokovic is the second player with 71 wins at Roland Garros after Rafael Nadal.

Novak closed the game and created a break chance in the next one, denied by a lucky loser who reduced the deficit to 2-3. In game seven, Djokovic fired a forehand winner to earn a break chance, missing a clear backhand to squander it and allowing the rival to hold with a service winner.

Despite not playing on the same level as before the break, Novak secured the eighth game to open a 5-3 gap and force the opponent to serve for staying in the set. Sealing the set in style, Djokovic scores a break at 15 with a forehand down the line winner, taking two sets to love lead after an hour and a half.

Novak netted a forehand at the beginning of the third set to offer his rival two break chances. The Serb saved both with bold hitting and held after a backhand down the line winner to avoid an early setback. Elahi Galan placed a backhand beyond the baseline in game two to suffer a break before Djokovic held at love for a 3-0 advantage.

Daniel brought the fourth game home after two deuces to extend the encounter, followed by an ace from Djokovic, who opened a 4-1 gap. The Colombian saved a break point in game seven to remain within one break deficit, creating a chance on the return a few minutes later after a smash winner at the net.

Novak erased it with a forehand winner, facing another one and putting it aside and holding following a forehand error from Elahi Galan. Returning at 5-2, Djokovic crossed the finish line with a break at 15, entering the last 16 and remaining on the title course.