French Open - Djokovic struggles into fourth round at Roland Garros

World No.2 Novak Djokovic overcame a minor scare to beat Croatian 25th seed Marin Cilic 6-3 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4 and advance into the fourth round of the French Open on Friday.

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Djokovic, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, was in complete control until the end of the third set, when the big-serving Cilic forced him to a tiebreak, which the six-times grand slam champion lost 7-2.

Normal service resumed afterwards and Djokovic, although not playing his best tennis, finished it off on Cilic's serve when the Croatian double faulted.

"Physically I had to work very hard, because he was very aggressive, and I could expect that," said Djokovic.

"In important moments I held my nerve and, you know, I'm very happy that I went through."

His next opponent will be local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 13th seed, who defeated Polish 22nd seed Jerzy Janowicz 6-4 6-4 6-3.

There was no joy for the other Frenchman on course as Gilles Simon, the 29th seed, lost 4-6 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5 to eighth seed Milos Raonic, who became the first Canadian man to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic also needed four sets to progress, beating Spanish 27th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-2 6-7(4) 6-4.

Round 3 matches

13-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat 22-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 6-4 6-4 6-3

10-John Isner (U.S.) beat 17-Tommy Robredo (Spain) 7-6(13) 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 7-5

6-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat 27-Roberto Bautista (Spain) 6-1 6-2 6-7(4) 6-4

2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 25-Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-3 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4

4-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat 31-Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 7-5 6-7(7) 6-2 6-4

18-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2 7-5

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