Tennis

Published: Friday May 30, 2014 MYT 10:52:07 PM
Updated: Friday May 30, 2014 MYT 10:53:31 PM

Djokovic drops set but advances into fourth round in Paris

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face with a towel during his men's singles match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 30, 2014.      REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face with a towel during his men's singles match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

PARIS (Reuters) - World No.2 Novak Djokovic overcame a minor scare to beat Croatian 25th seed Marin Cilic 6-3 6-2 6-7(2) 6-4 and advance into the fourth round of the French Open on Friday.

Djokovic, chasing the only grand slam title to elude him, was in complete control until the end of the third set, when the big-serving Cilic forced him to a tiebreak, which the six-times grand slam champion lost 7-2.

Normal service resumed afterwards and Djokovic, although not playing his best tennis, finished it off on Cilic's serve when the Croatian double faulted.

He will next face either Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 13th seed, or Polish 22nd seed Jerzy Janowicz.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)

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