World No. 1 Novak Djokovic notched his 25th straight major victory on Monday, taking another step forward in his quest to complete the ‘Novak Slam II’ at Roland Garros.
Djokovic dominated Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, to advance into his 13th French Open quarterfinal, matching the men’s record Rafael Nadal set a day earlier. Djokovic also became the first ATP player to reach 10 consecutive quarterfinals at the Paris major.
"I reached the quarterfinals and played as closest to my best tennis on clay as I think I can be at the moment. I'm really pleased with every aspect of my game," said Djokovic. "Everything is coming together beautifully. I'm motivated to fight for the trophy, that's why I'm here. But it's still a long way to go."
The 2016 champion has been emphatic throughout his first four French Open matches. Djokovic is yet to lose more than eight games in a match and has broken his opposition 22 times from 37 opportunities. He entered the event having won the title in Madrid and followed it up by finishing runner-up to Nadal in Rome. The 32-year-old is aiming to become the first man in the Open Era to twice hold all four majors simultaneously.
Struff began positively, working angles to take aggressive forehand swings. By the eighth game, Djokovic figured out the German to take complete control. The Serbian kept his mistakes to a minimum, and commanded his serve, refusing to provide the German any windows of opportunity to break. Through two sets, Djokovic produced 20 winners to just five unforced errors and carried that momentum through to finish off Struff in just over 90 minutes of work.
"There was a couple of really close games at the beginning. It was 3-All, we were winning our service games quite comfortably, but he was being very aggressive, not making a lot of unforced errors, and then the match turned around in one game," recalled Djokovic. "After that, I started reading his serve better, got a break in the first game of second set, and that obviously gave me wings."
Djokovic awaits the winner of fifth seed Alexander Zverev and Monte Carlo winner Fabio Fognini.
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