A straight-sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Peru’s Juan Pablo Varillas on Sunday ensured Djokovic reached the final 16 of the French Open for the seventeenth time, beating absentee Rafael Nadal in 16.
The win additionally moved the Serbian nearer to the twenty third Grand Slam of his males’s profession. Djokovic is at the moment matching Nadal, who introduced on Saturday that he might be sidelined for not less than 5 months after present process hip surgical procedure, at 22 Grand Slams.
Varillas is ranked 94th on the earth, however at Roland Garros he grew to become the primary Peruvian in 29 years to succeed in the fourth spherical of a grand slam.
She was no match for world No. 3 Djokovic, nevertheless, who will subsequent face Russian No. 11 Karen Khachanov.
It has been a controversial week for the Serbian who hit the headlines after sending a political message about Kosovo earlier within the match, one thing he later stated he stood by.
After his first-round win on Monday, Djokovic wrote “Kosovo is the (coronary heart image) of Serbia. Cease the violence” on a tv digicam lens in response to the violent clashes in Kosovo. Tensions have been growing final week in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.
“After all, I am conscious that lots of people would disagree, however it’s what it’s,” Djokovic stated on Wednesday after his second-round win over Hungary’s Márton Fucsovics. “It is one thing I stand for. So, that is it.”
“A grand slam with out drama, I do not assume it may occur to me,” he added on Wednesday. “You realize, I assume that drives me too.”