Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem battle through in four sets
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.
.@DjokerNole defeats a top 15 player for the first time in over a year.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) June 1, 2018
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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