Dimitrov dumped out of French Open by Verdasco

Novak Djokovic French Open Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic French Open Rafael Nadal

"The fourth set was the best performance I have had in the tournament", Djokovic, who next plays Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco, said.

But what looked like being a long evening for the 12-times Grand Slam champion ended up being a reasonably comfortable one as he kept Verdasco at arm's length.

"Considering all the circumstances in the last 15 months it is quite an achievement to get to the quarters of a Slam", said Djokovic, who has also reached the Roland Garros last eight for a ninth successive year.

After arriving in Paris with his lowest seeding since 2006 and his expectations not much higher, the former world number one appears to be rediscovering his mojo at the right time.

Novak Djokovic needed just three sets to book his quarter-final spot in the 2018 French Open, beating Fernando Verdasco on Sunday 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic lives to fight another day at the French Open after a hard-fought third round match against Roberto Bautista Agut, in an occasionaly testy encounter during which the Serb shattered a raquet in anger after fluffing an easy victor.

Djokovic may still not playing at the same level as he was at the peak of his powers, but his movement and defensive ability - two of his great hallmarks - look good enough to trouble most opponents.

"It was a magnificent four hours of tennis, I'm very exhausted but delighted to come through", 2016 champion Djokovic said on court in accomplished French.

That knocked the resistance out of the Spaniard, as the 12-time Grand Slam champion broke at the first time of asking in the fourth set.

The opening three games of the first set were an attritional affair as both players had opportunities to secure an early break, but Djokovic's ability to lose only one point on his second serve proved telling.

A tight first set heated up in the 10th game when Zverev saved two set points, the second after becoming incensed when the umpire overturned a line call of out from a Khachanov shot.

Novak Djokovic is seeded 20 at Roland Garros after struggling to find his best form since returning from an elbow injury.

Bautista Agut was the first to blink in the opening set after the first nine games went with serve.

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