Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem battle through in four sets

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Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem both needed four sets to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

Former world No 1 Djokovic was given a good workout by Roberto Bautista Agut before he saw off the challenge of the 13th seed 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in three hours and 48 minutes.

The 12-time Grand Slam winner was in deep trouble in the third set as he lost his serve at 3-4, but then battled back to take it via the tie-breaker before easing home in the fourth.

He will face another Spaniard in Fernando Verdasco in the last 16.

Seventh seed Thiem also overcame a second-set setback to beat Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2 and set up a clash against Kei Niskhori, who defeated Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.

Italian Marco Cecchinato is also through to round four after securing an upset victory over the 10th ranked Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta as he won 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-1.

Meanwhile, eighth seed David Goffin was involved in a tough tussle with Gael Monfils before play was suspended for the day.

The Frenchman won the opening set before Goffin levelled it at one-set each and play was called off with the scores 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 3-2.

The 15th seed Lucas Pouille is also facing an uphill battle as he was down 3-6, 5-7, 1-1 to Karen Khachanov when the rain set in.

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