Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates - Getty Images/Emmanuel Dunand

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates – Getty Images/Emmanuel Dunand

05:16 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, 2-1 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Khachanov backhand clips the net cord and drops in the tramlines, 0-30.

Deep Djokovic return and Khachanov nets a backhand, 15-40. Brilliant from Djokovic. He takes full control of the point, getting Khachanov on the defence, he then seizes on a short ball and finishes with a forehand winner.

Ominous tennis.

05:13 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, 1-1 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

No let up from Djokovic as he holds to love comfortably. It feels like a long time since Khachanov broke Djokovic in the first set.

05:09 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, 0-1 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Khachanov cries out after pushing a forehand into the tramlines, 0-30.

But responds with a forehand winner that Djokovic doesn’t move for. Khachanov keeps his cool and finishes at the net with backhand volley winner.

Wide serve by Khachanov and he finishes the point with a forehand winner as Djokovic goes the other way, 40-30.

Djokovic nets a forehand and Khachanov hold. Crucial that he got off to a strong start.

05:01 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

One way traffic at the moment as Djokovic moves to 30-0 after backhand winner down the line.

Djokovic crushes another cross-court forehand winner that Khachanov can’t get back in play, three set points.

Djokovic overhead winner gives him the set. That’s arguably the best he’s played in the tournament.

04:57 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 7-6, 5-2 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Djokovic is on a roll at the moment and showing no mercy. A forehand winner gives him two break points.

A magnificent drop shot by Djokovic is chased down by a tired looking Khachanov but the Russian doesn’t get close.

Double break for Djokovic.

04:54 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 7-6, 4-2 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic moves up the court and whips a forehand winner into the corner, 15-0. Djokovic fakes out Khachanov and flicks a backhand up the line, 30-0.

Huge forehand winner down the line by Djokovic and another forehand winner into the corner finishes the game.

Djokovic is starting to flow now and the frustration for Khachanov is building.

04:48 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 7-6, 3-2 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Khachanov finds the sideline with a cross court backhand winner, 30-0. Back-to-back aces then give him the game.

How must he rue that tiebreak where he failed to put any pressure on Djokovic.

04:46 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 7-6, 3-1 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

It’s been a long time since Khachanov managed to put sustained pressure on Djokovic’s serve.

And there was none in this game as Djokovic holds to love with a forehand winner down the line.

04:41 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 7-6, 2-1 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Djokovic’s defence as Khachanov brings out the Howitzer serve is immense and frustrates Khachanov to distraction for a couple of points but he ties it up at 30-all with a flashing forehand winner, followed by a scarcely believable forehand winner from the extent of his deuce court almost round the post and up the line.

Djokovic keeps punching back, though and takes it to deuce but an unforced error makes it advantage Khachanov who wins a fine game with a drop winner after a lovely crosscourt slice.

04:37 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 7-6, 2-0 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic holds to 15 with a couple of delicious forehands, a query to the umpire when Khachanov’s forehand goes absurdly long but isn’t initially called and closes it out with an ace.

04:33 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Terrific start from Khachanov to race to a 30-love lead but then he decides not to execute a ‘tweener a la Alcaraz and sets up Djokovic for the silkiest of drop shot winners. His first serve then goes awry and Djokovic exploits it on his second serve. But the kick-serve on the next point catches Djokovic out as the wind takes his forehand long. 30-40. Djokovic levels again to deuce by hitting down on Khachanov’s second serve but the server’s backhand bails him out again, firing a winner up the line.

Djokovic brings it back to deuce with a backhand drop shot that forces Khachanov to sprint to the net but he can’t keep it in. Finally Djokovic earns a first break point in the match but Khachanov defends it when Djokovic hooks a seemingly routine forehand long. Was that the wind again?

Then Djokovic misjudges a slide and Khachanov has another game point, which he wastes by pulling his forehand into the tramlines. Djokovic has another chance to break after a gorgeous backhand drop. Advantage Djokovic. After Khachanov forces him from corner to corner with a big wide serve followed by a crosscourt drive to defend the break point, Djokovic expresses his frustration to Goran Ivanisevic and begins chuntering.

Perhaps that was the anger he needed because Djokovic wins the next two points and breaks, by virtue of a very jammy net cord off his concluding cross-court drop.

04:17 PM

TIEBREAK: Djokovic 4-6, 7-6 Khachanov

Djokovic backhand volley winner, 7-0. 

Imperious tiebreak from the 22-time grand slam champion.

04:16 PM

TIEBREAK: Djokovic 4-6, 6-6 Khachanov

Lovely drop shot by Djokovic, Khachanov gets there but can’t get the ball over the net, 1-0. Khachanov hits a drive forehand but doesn’t do enough and Djokovic places a backhand winner down the line, 2-0. Crushing forehand winner with Djokovic, 3-0.

Khachanov forehand into the tramlines, 4-0. Khachanov forehand long, 5-0. Vintage Djokovic backhand down the line, 6-0. 

04:12 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 6-6 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Khachanov serving to stay in the second set for the second time. And he starts the game by pushing a backhand long. Wide kick serve by Khachanov and Djokovic’s reply is long, 15-15. Huge forehands by Khachanov sets up an easy overhead smash, 30-15.

Djokovic sends another backhand return long, 40-15. Brilliant point – great defence by Khachanov after Djokovic works him side to side. Djokovic wins it with a drop shot winner.

Khachanov backhand down the line is called out, deuce. Pressure on now.

Khachanov has a game point but hits a double fault. But he comes through unscathed again and into a breaker we go!

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates - Getty Images)/Clive Brunskill

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates – Getty Images)/Clive Brunskill

04:02 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 6-5 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

No joy in Djokovic’s service games for Khachanov. Djokovic is keeping him on the back foot and holds easily to love.

This set has taken 49 minutes so far.

04:00 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 5-5 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Djokovic has got rid of the hat ahead of this service game.

Khachanov nets a drop shot, 15-15. But responds well with a forehand winner, which wrong foots Djokovic.

Khachanov forehand into the net, 30-30. That was tight. Massive point coming up.

Djokovic slices a backhand into the net, 40-30. Rare bad shot from the Serbian. Khachanov drop shot in the net. He’s struggling with that shot at the moment.

Relief for Khachanov as he holds when Djokovic nets a forehand while on the run.

03:54 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 5-4 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic opens the game with a big serve down the T, followed by a forehand winner. Defensive backhand by Khachanov drifts long, 30-0.

Khachanov hasn’t made much of an impression on Djokovic’s serve in this set and after a love hold, Khachanov will serve next to stay in the set.

03:50 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 4-4 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Djokovic looks to his box for inspiration at the start of the game.

It doesn’t work as he falls to 30-0. Khachanov forehand winner, 40-15. And another easy game to hold as Djokovic sends a forehand return long.

03:46 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 4-3 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic forehand clips the net cord and the ball drops wide, 15-15. Nice wide kick serve by Djokovic, he earns a short reply and finishes the point with a backhand winner, 40-15.

Too good from Djokovic as he measures a drop shot to perfection and holds.

03:42 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 3-3 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

A weird bounce catches out Djokovic and he sends a lob beyond the baseline, 15-0. Maybe one too many drop shots from Khachanov as Djokovic reads it and wins the point with his flicked replied, 30-30.

Wow. Djokovic sets the point up lovely and then nets a forehand to allow Khachanov to hang on.

03:36 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 3-2 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic is scrambling and fighting on Chatrier right now. But after easing to 40-15, a double fault makes it deuce.

But Khachanov tamely sends a backhand return long and Djokovic holds.

03:30 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 2-2 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Djokovic back into ball machine mode and eventually gets the error from Khachanov, 15-30.

Khachanov roars after Djokovic sends a backhand return long, 30-30. Double fault by Khachanov, his first of the match, deuce.

Not used to seeing this many errors from Djokovic after backhand drops into the tramlines. And Khachanov seals the game with a drop shot winner.

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates - Reuters/Lisi Niesner

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates – Reuters/Lisi Niesner

03:24 PM

Djokovic 4-6, 2-1 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic holds to 15 with Khachanov struggling on his returns at this stage of the set.

03:21 PM

Djokovic* 4-6, 1-1 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Too good from Khachanov – a series of crushing forehands pushing Djokovic back and finishing the point with a drop shot, 30-15.

Djokovic backhand return into the net, 40-15. Djokovic backhand long and Khachanov holds again.

Too many mistakes by Djokovic are hurting his cause. But there is still a long way to go.

03:17 PM

Second Set: Djokovic 4-6, 1-0 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic has come back out with a white hat on and maybe it is the difference makers as he races to 40-30.

Khachanov pulls it back to 40-30 but Djokovic holds when Khachanov sends a forehand long.

03:11 PM

Djokovic* 4-6 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Huge service game for Khachanov and he gets a gift on the opening point when Djokovic puts a forehand long.

Djokovic backhand long, 30-0. He is frustrated by that shot. A forehand error by Djokovic and it’s 40-0.

Khachanov squanders the first chance when he sends a forehand long. But he gets the job done when Djokovic sends a backhand return into the tramlines.

Game on!

03:06 PM

Djokovic 4-5 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

First ace of the match from Djokovic to start the game. Nice play by Khachanov and he shows good touch to hit a drop shot and finish the rally with a volley winner, 15-15.

Huge Djokovic forehand winner down the line, there was some serious heat on that, 30-15. But he follows up with a forehand into the net. Important moment in the match here.

Djokovic drop shot into the net, 30-40. It looked like he’d run out of ideas. But he finds the line with a backhand winner down the line, deuce.

Good drop shot by Djokovic but an even better drop shot reply by Khachanov spins away for a winner, break point. Big serve by Djokovic to snuff out the chance for Khachanov, deuce.

This has been another long and physical service game for Djokovic but he finally holds and makes sure Khachanov will have to serve for the set.

02:55 PM

Djokovic* 3-5 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Khachanov can’t afford to rest on his laurels here. Must keep up the intensity.

He gets the benefit of two loose returns from Djokovic, 30-0. Then Djokovic put his drop shot into the tramlines, 40-0.

Djokovic forehand winner to keep himself in the game but a second ace of the match by Khachanov seals another service hold.

02:51 PM

Djokovic 3-4 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic is being rushed by Khachanov at every opportunity and the Serbian is looking a bit uncomfortable.

A cat and mouse rally at the net ends with Khachanov putting away an overhead smash, 15-30.

Djokovic shows his class as he drills a backhand down the line for a winner, 30-30. Khachanov backhand into the tramlines and Djokovic holds onto his serve.

02:47 PM

Djokovic* 2-4 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Opening point of the game, Khachanov wrong-foots Djokovic with a backhand down the line winner.

Big second serve by Khachanov into the body and Djokovic awkwardly deflects the ball wide, 40-0.

Khachanov’s forehand drifts long, 40-30. But he consolidates the break when Djokovic’s return drops in the tramlines.

02:43 PM

Djokovic 2-3 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Big hitting from Khachanov and Djokovic sends a backhand long, 15-15.

Another great point, Khachanov has to win it two times due to great defence by Djokovic, finishing with a forehand winner, 15-30.

Djokovic double fault, 15-40. Incredible forehand down the line from Djokovic off a high bouncing ball.

Djokovic goes into ball machine, he is refusing to make an error and eventually Khachanov sends a backhand wide, deuce.

Djokovic nets a drop shot, break point No 3 for Khachanov. Wow. Khachanov gets a defensive lob from Djokovic and Khachanov inexplicably hits his match wide. Terrible miss.

Deep return by Khachanov and a rushed Djokovic sends his reply long, break point No 4. Khachanov miscues on a forehand and the ball flies long, deuce.

Djokovic nets backhand, break point No 5. Finally! Khachanov takes charge of the rally and crushes a forehand into the corner for a winner.

Khachanov breaks.

02:30 PM

Djokovic* 2-2 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Best rally of the match so far. Drop shot by Khachanov, Djokovic miraculously gets there, Khachanov lobs Djokovic, who doesn’t do enough with his overhead and Khachanov passes him with a backhand, 30-15.

Back-to-back forehand errors by Djokovic and Khachanov holds.

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates - Getty Images/Emmanuel Dunand

Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov live: French Open latest updates – Getty Images/Emmanuel Dunand

02:26 PM

Djokovic 2-1 Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Nothing yet to get the crowd going so far. A slow and cagey start with not many rallies.

Djokovic holds when Khachanov’s sliced defensive forehand drops in the tramlines.

02:21 PM

Djokovic* 1-1 Khachanov (*denotes next server)

Khachanov will need to have a big day on serve to give himself a chance. No way he can beat Djokovic from the back of the court.

First ace of the match for Khachanov to hold serve.

02:18 PM

First Set: Novak Djokovic 1-0 Karen Khachanov* (*denotes next server)

Chatrier is packed for the start of this one. Djokovic moves serenely to 40-0.

But a couple of backhand errors from Djokovic make it 40-30. Djokovic does hold when Khachanov floats a defensive backhand wide.

02:11 PM

Coin toss

Khachanov won the toss and opts to receive first. Bold choice.

Djokovic to serve first in his 17th quarter-final at Roland Garros.

01:40 PM

Djokovic v Khachanov

Hello and welcome to coverage from the French Open of Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov.

Djokovic has looked imperious so far in Paris and is the major favourite to reach the semi-finals. But on his day Khachanov is capable of giving the best players a tough test. “Against him, you need to play really good chess, I mean, I guess to beat him,” Khachanov said about facing Djokovic.

“But definitely I will prepare. You know to analyze with your team what you can do better, let’s say. We will watch some points, some matches from him, and then make a plan basically.

“But of course, you know, he’s one of the toughest tasks, toughest opponents, and, you know, you cannot count him out. So at the same time I have ultimate respect, but I’m focused, you know, I’m pumped to do well, and let’s see if I can make it or not this time.”

For Djokovic, he revealed that the secret to his success is very simple. “Sleep is extremely important. Probably more important than any other recovery routines that you could do,” he said. “I like to get at least, you know, eight-and-a-half hours of sleep a night. I’m pretty deep sleeper, so to say. I don’t wake up during the night, so I get everything done in those particular amount of hours that I’m looking for.

“I mean, especially if you are experiencing some, you know, physical, strong physical efforts on a given day, then your body is asking for more sleep. REM sleep is the most important one between 1.00 and 4.00 a.m. So I try to be already in a deep sleep by that time. I don’t go too early to sleep but I also don’t go late, around midnight or something. I try to get those eight or nine hours of beauty sleep. I think that helps a lot with recovery, feeling good, feeling fresh.”

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