3rd June, 2013
Top seed Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarter-finals on Monday with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over German 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Djokovic will face Germany’s Tommy Haas for a place in the semi-finals.
“It’s very difficult to play against Philipp as he is a specialist on clay. After the first set, I played well so I am happy,” said the world number one.
“It was windy, but the conditions were the same for both of us. I just had to adjust.”
On facing Haas, the third oldest man to make the last eight, the Serb said: “I have a lot of respect for Tommy. He is playing well.”
Djokovic, the runner-up to seven-time champion Rafael Nadal last year, needs a French Open title to complete a career Grand Slam.
The last time he failed to reach the last-eight of a major was in Paris in 2009 when he lost in the fourth round to Monday’s opponent.
Kohlschreiber stunned the Serb by breaking in the fifth game on his way to taking the first set.
Djokovic was warned for taking too long between points in the seventh game of the second set, but he still went on to level the tie.
A break in the third game of the third set and the fifth game of the fourth put him on the verge of victory.
The German saved a match point when Djokovic served for the tie in the eighth game and broke for 3-5.
But Djokovic hit back in the 10th game to take victory and reach his 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final.
Kohlschreiber paid a heavy price for being able to convert just two of his 13 break points