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He has now equalled his best ever Slam performance after also making the fourth round at Wimbledon previous year.

On Friday morning a ball boy found himself in a precarious situation as he went after loose ball during a match between Damir Dzumhur and Alexander Zverev. Djokovic then stormed through the tiebreaker 7-4 to claim the third set. Both times, he proved steadier and sturdier than Damir Dzumhur, a Bosnian ranked 29th and seeded 26th, and Zverev eventually prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in 3 hours, 54 minutes.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the last No. 2 seed that failed to reach the second week at the French Open was Andy Roddick in 2005.

Nonetheless, it was a match Zverev needed to win.

The Austrian seventh seed, the last man to beat clay-court machine Rafa Nadal on his favourite surface, displayed an impressive arsenal of weapons in the first two sets before regaining his composure after the loss of the third.

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She trailed Destanee Aiava 5-2 within the first set of her first match in Melbourne and saved three match factors within the third spherical towards Lauren Davis.

Keys, the US Open runner-up to Stephens a year ago, will face Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva for a place in the semi-finals, after the world number 98 saw off Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-3.

The French Open fourth-round match between No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 14 Daria Kasatkina has been suspended for the day in the second set because of darkness.

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Two different ladies's contenders, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina, superior in straight units towards Lara Arruabarrena (6-Zero 6-4) and Viktoria Kuzmova (6-Three 6-4).

"Naomi raised her level a lot in the second set and I really just had to hang in there", Keys said after the match.

It is only the second time Zverev, who has won multiple Masters 1000 wins, moved past the third round at a grand slam and, remarkably, his first top-50 win at a major.

Seeded winners in the men's third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Marin Cilic, No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro, No. 6 Kevin Anderson, No. 8 David Goffin, No. 9 John Isner, No. 11 Diego Schwartzman, No. 18 Fabio Fognini.

The 31-year-old was pushed in his second-round match at Roland Garros before squeezing past Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 6-4.

Novak Djokovic equaled Roger Federer's mark of reaching nine consecutive quarterfinals at Roland Garros by beating No. 30 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

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Kei Nishikori advanced to the fourth round by beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. But Buzarnescu fought back to break Keys and then clenched her fist after holding for 5-4. He was two points from the match but Dimitrov won back to back points to extend the match. Serving the ninth game, Dzumhur saved a break point and immediately held advantage point to win 5-4.

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