World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his quest for a 19th Grand Slam title as he breezed into the French Open pre-quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-Four, 6-1 victory over Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis in a single hour and 32 minutes right here on Saturday.
Djokovic will subsequent meet 19-year-old Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who survived a five-setter in opposition to compatriot and 2018 semi-finalist Marco Cecchinato, successful Three-6, 6-Four, 6-Three, Three-6, 6-Three in three hours and 7 minutes.
This was the primary five-setter of Musetti’s profession.
Earlier, Italian 19th seed Jannik Sinner acquired the higher of Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-1, 7-5, 6-Three to make it to the pre-quarterfinals.
Sinner will meet the winner of the third-round match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Britain’s Cameron Norrie within the pre-quarterfinals.
That is the primary time since Novak Djokovic and French participant Gael Monfils in 2006 that two youngsters – Musetti and Sinner — have reached the fourth spherical at Roland Garros.
Djokovic, 34, produced high-quality tennis on method to the final 16 in Paris for a file 12th consecutive 12 months. The Serbian, who gained the French Open title in 2016, improved his match file for this 12 months to 23-Three.
He struck 30 winners and misplaced simply 5 of his first-service factors for his fourth straight win in opposition to world No. 93 Berankis.
Djokovic, who might face Swiss star Roger Federer within the quarterfinals, has to this point gained the Australian Open and Belgrade Open titles this 12 months in addition to ending runners-up on the Italian Open in Rome, the place he misplaced to Nadal.