Novak Djokovic comes through Roberto Bautista Agut test at Roland Garros

Bautista Agut 'I got a crown of flowers from Rafael Nadal'

The Belgian faced more break points in the fourth game of the second set but managed to see them off and after receiving treatment on a sore elbow, he broke for 4-3 before leveling the match.

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev also found things tough, before ultimately winning a near four-hour slugfest against Damir Dzumhur 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5. In a match played in the heaviest of conditions at Roland Garros that year, Djokovic triumphed in four sets despite losing the first. The Spaniard will now meet Djokovic in the fourth.

Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu, right, knocked out fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the third round. Like Djokovic, Alexander Zverev cleared a stern test yesterday.

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The pace was getting to Verdasco and he hit a forehand long in the next game to give Djokovic a decisive break. "Against Bautista Agut he knew he could lose and the scoreboard got the fire burning".

It seemed to benefit the Serbian, however, as he returned for the third set with renewed vigour on his way to sealing victory in a gruelling encounter.

Verdasco made 48 unforced errors and grew increasingly furious with himself as he missed out on a first French Open quarter-final at the 16th attempt.

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However, he was given a serious examination by Dzumhur on Friday and only just came through. If the ball went over it would be a victor, and I hit the top of the net.

He said: "Djokovic is not exactly at the level he was a couple of years ago, because already in Rome and in other matches he started playing a bit better".

France's Gilles Simon had the crowd behind him, but Kai Nishikori in front of him, all the way to an easy win for the Japanese number one.

By contrast, Thiem had to work for his win over Matteo Berrettini, after the unseeded Italian won a tiebreak to take the second set. But the 31st-seeded Buzarnescu, a Romanian with a PhD in sports science, continued the surge that has seen her rise almost 350 spots in the rankings over the past year.

Buzarnescu will face now Keys in Round 4. She sits at 33rd within the rankings after starting 2017 at 540th.

Wozniacki impressed by destroying the Parmentier serve, converting five of seven break points. It has been said of Bautista Agut, not unfairly, that he is a very natural athlete more than he is a natural tennis player, but the Spaniard has worked hard to improve his groundstrokes and serve and bring them up to the standard of his athleticism, which is impressive indeed.

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