At the French Open Championship 2018, ex-tennis-superstar Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets and inching closer to winning the championship and making yet another record for himself.

Novak Djokovic, seeded 20th, won 6-3 6-4 6-2 against 30th seed Fernando Verdasco on Monday at the French Open Championship. With the victory, the 31-year-old Serb has booked himself a ticket for the quarter finals of the French Open for the 12th time – a record in itself. The 12-time Grand Slam champion will now play Marco Cecchinato in the last eight after the Italian beat Belgian eighth seed David Goffin to reach the quarter finals. Recently recovering from injuries, Djokovic may still not be able to give his dynamic best, but this was a commanding performance that served notice of Djokovic’s potential to win the title next Sunday.

During the match on Monday, Djokovic and Verdasco made unforced errors which in turn made the match entertaining as they battled it out right from the baseline. Djokovic broke for 3-1, creating his mark on the decisive moments in a set where he won only two more points than his opponent. The Serb broke the service at the first opportunity in the second set, and thereafter Verdasco wiped out that deficit for 3-3, which only gifted it straight back in a game marked with poor service.

Verdasco, who earlier won over the fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the previous round, needed treatment for blisters and so Djokovic had to wait for making his serve out for two-love lead. From that point onwards, there were no chances for the Spaniard, who was aiming to reach his first Roland Garros quarter-final at the 15th attempt. Thereafter, the third set was straightforward for Djokovic, who broke at the first opportunity and then again in the fifth, prior to serving out to win the match in two hours and 25 minutes. After sealing his win in the match, he was delighted enough to punch the air expressing his joy before celebrating the victory by wearing a white beret flung on to the court and doing his now-customary arm throw to all four sides of Chatrier.