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Despite the injury, Djokovic qualifies with difficulty

In a marathon match, Novak Djokovic, the defending French Open tennis champion, struggled to win 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 over Argentinian Francisco Cerondolo and qualify at his expense to the quarter-finals, as the first seed overcame knee problems that he suffered from. Of it during the match.
Djokovic, who is looking to increase his record in major tournaments by winning his 25th title, achieved his 370th victory in these tournaments, thus setting him alone in the record, surpassing Swiss Roger Federer.
After winning his second five-set match in less than 48 hours, Djokovic celebrated reaching the quarter-finals for the 59th time in his record of participation in major tournaments, which is an unprecedented number, thus surpassing Federer, who was a strong competitor to him for a long time. .
Djokovic also achieved his 11th win in a five-set match in his record of participation in Roland Garros, equaling the number of Gael Monfils and Stanislas Wawrinka in the Open tournament era.
Djokovic said in a speech addressed in French to the fans present in the stadium, “I once again extend a very big thank you to you, because as was the case in the last match, this victory was your victory.”
Djokovic (37 years old) did not show any early signs of fatigue after his third-round victory over Lorenzo Musetti in a marathon match that lasted four and a half hours.
Djokovic suffered from a problem in his right knee early in the second set and needed treatment on the court before he saved four break points and tied with his opponent 3-3 via a backhand, but then allowed his opponent to return by wasting his serve in the 12th game.
Djokovic made a strong start in the fifth set, but he dropped a serve, then spoke angrily about the state of Court Philippe Chatrier, but then he regained his focus and won the set to snatch the qualification ticket.
In another match, Alex de Minaur put an end to the misfortune that had plagued Australian players for 20 years in the French Championship, as the 11th seed came back from a set down against Daniil Medvedev, the fifth seed, to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3, to qualify for the first round for the first round. The eight at Roland Garros.
In the quarter-finals, De Minaur will meet the winner of the fourth-round match between Alexander Zverev, seeded fourth, and Holger Rone, seeded 13th.
In women’s tennis, Aryna Sabalenka, ranked second in the world, faced less suffering in her victory over American Emma Navarro 6-2, 6-3, to remain on track to achieve her first title in Paris.
Elena Rybakina, ranked fourth in the world from Kazakhstan, easily won 6-4, 6-3 over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, to reach the quarter-finals in France for the second time in her career.

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