Novak Djokovic showcased his exceptional skills as he effortlessly defeated Juan Pablo Varillas from Peru, securing a remarkable 17th French Open men’s quarter-final appearance.
The 36-year-old Serbian, seeded third, triumphed with a score of 6-3 6-2 6-2 on the Roland Garros clay, surpassing Rafael Nadal to establish a new record for the most quarter-final appearances. Djokovic has his sights set on overtaking Nadal’s record by clinching his 23rd Grand Slam men’s singles title.
In another notable match, top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz successfully advanced by defeating Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti with a convincing 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.
Alcaraz, hailing from Spain, is viewed as Djokovic’s primary contender for the title in the absence of the injured 14-time champion Nadal.
The Spaniard is now poised to face off against fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Djokovic remains on track to meet Russian 11th seed Karen Khachanov in the upcoming semi-finals.
Reflecting on his achievement of claiming the quarter-final record, Djokovic expressed his pride, stating, “I’m proud of it, but my attention is already focused on the next match. I am aware of my objective here and am striving to remain mentally focused without looking too far ahead.”
The two-time champion, having triumphed in 2016 and 2021, will next compete against 27-year-old Russian Khachanov, who secured his third consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final spot after a hard-fought 1-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-1 victory over unseeded Italian Lorenzo Sonego.
Meanwhile, Alcaraz, the current world number one at the age of 20, is set to face Tsitsipas after the Greek player defeated Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner with a score of 7-5 6-3 6-0.