‘I was points away from losing,’ Novak Djokovic battles through another Roland Garros epic against Francisco Cerundolo to break Roger Federer’s long-standing record

Defending champion Novak Djokovic staged a remarkable comeback from being two sets to one down, overcoming a knee injury to defeat Francisco Cerundolo and secure a place in the French Open quarter-finals. This victory followed a grueling match against Lorenzo Musetti in the previous round, but as he often does, the 24-time Grand Slam champion found a way to triumph, winning 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a match that lasted four hours and 39 minutes.

This was the first encounter between Djokovic and Cerundolo. The Argentine will likely regret missing the opportunity to achieve a significant victory and reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final. On the other hand, Djokovic advances to the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the 59th time and will continue his pursuit of a fourth French Open title, facing Casper Ruud next.