Djokovic beats Schwartzman to reach French Open fourth round

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June 03, 2017
Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, yesterday in Paris. (AP Photo)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has reached the fourth round of the French Open after rallying to beat Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Djokovic sealed victory on his first match point with a forehand winner down the line, completing the win in three hours, 19 minutes.

The second-seeded Serb gave Schwartzman a hug and a part on the head at the net and then joined in the applause as the Argentine player walked off Court Philippe Chatrier.

"I was expecting a difficult game with a lot of rallies from the baseline because the conditions are heavy," Djokovic said moments after his win. "I want to congratulate Diego for a great battle because he played very well."

Schwartzman needed some treatment to his back late in the fifth set.

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