Paris: Novak Djokovic defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets to make the French Open quarter-finals for the 11th consecutive year on Monday while Petra Kvitova returned to the last eight at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012.
Top seed and 2016 champion Djokovic won 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 against Russian 15th seed Khachanov to draw level with Rafael Nadal on a record 14 quarter-final appearances in Paris.
Djokovic faced his toughest assignment so far but Khachanov was unable to derail his bid to become the first man in half a century to win all four Grand Slam titles twice.
The Serb hit 44 winners and has yet to drop a set in the tournament, losing only 25 games in four rounds. He improved his record in 2020 to 35 wins against just one loss.
He will face Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, the man who benefited from Djokovic’s US Open disqualification.
Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame an eye problem to become the first Greek man to reach the last eight of the French Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov.
The 22-year-old will now take on Andrey Rublev in a repeat of the recent Hamburg final which was won by the Russian.
French Open 2020 SCHEDULE
TODAY’S MATCHES (Oct. 6)
> 12 Diego Schwartzman Vs 3 DominicThiem 5.00 pm
> Jannik Sinner Vs 2 Rafael Nadal 8.15 pm
> 3 Elina Svitolina Vs Nadia Podoroska 3.45 pm
> Iga Swiatek Vs Martina Trevisan 7.00 pm
> 9 Nikola Mektic & Wesley Koolhof
Vs Nicholas Monroe & Tommy Paul 6.20 pm
> Marta Kostyuk & Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Vs 2 Kristina Mladenovic & Tímea Babos 3.50 pm
> 9 Sofia Kenin & Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Vs 4 Barbora Krejčíková & Kateřina Siniaková 5.05 pm
NOTE: Select French Open tennis matches will be broadcast live in India on the Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD TV channels. Live streaming of the French Open will be available on Disney+ Hotstar — Star’s OTT platform.