The No.2 seed saves a match point to claim his first win over a top-50 opponent at a Grand Slam event.
Novak Djokovic on Friday navigated past Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 6-2 to launch into the fourth round for the 12th time in Paris.
“I think it was a great fight, almost four hours. He's not going to hand you the win. You have to deserve it. For me, not having so many matches in the last period, this is great,” declared Djokovic who has posted more victories in Rome and Paris (seven) than his first six tournaments of the season combined.
“Of course I don't want to play four, five hours every match, but I think it was a great test. The last set was actually the best set that I have played so far in the tournament. I don't feel too exhausted. That's the good news, as well. I'm just looking forward to the next challenge.”