Novak Djokovic Makes Record 10th Consecutive French Open QF

Novak Djokovic at the Miami Open Tennis in 2018. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/South Beach Photo/REX/Shutterstock (9474924x)

Novak Djokovic, currently No. 1 tennis player in the world, continued his cruise at the 2019 French Open with an easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday. This win meant that Djokovic advanced to his 10th consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros, something no other tennis player has ever done.

“Everything is coming together beautifully. I’m motivated to fight for the trophy, yes. I mean, that’s why I’m here,” – said Djokovic after the match. “But it’s still a long way to go.”

Djokovic played dominantly at this year’s tournament and is yet to lose a set while giving up four gems on just two occasions. His real test, however, will come on Wednesday when he will face 5th ranked Alexander Zverev for a place in the semi-finals.

“I don’t mind cruising along, to be honest,” – he added. “I have plenty of experience, I think, dealing with situations where you’re facing breakpoints or where it’s tense. I have played plenty of, I think, tight matches in my career, that I can rely on that experience.”

Djokovic got to his first French Open finals in 2012 when he lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets. He was a runner up two more times, losing to Nadal again in 2014 and to Stan Wawrinka in 2015, before finally winning the whole thing in 2016 against Andy Murray.

Other Roland Garros QF matchups include Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal vs. Kei Nishikori, and Dominic Thiem vs. Karen Khachanov.