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Roland Garros 2018, Men's Singles, Round 3: Novak Djokovic vs Roberto Bautista Agut, Live Match Updates

Djokovic def Bautista-Agut 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-2 in 3 hours 48 minutes to enter Round 4
Updated: 01 June 2018 20:16 IST - Published: 01 June 2018 15:27 IST
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It wasn't exactly a smooth and clean performance from the former champion. He struggled a lot and made uncharacteristic mistakes at times, but in the end, he did just about enough to grab the win.

After his elbow surgery, Djokovic is still clawing his way back to the top tier of tennis - a place where he belonged to once. It will take time, but surely, with every win, he is gaining in confidence. And that's all he needs for now.
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Final score: Djokovic def Bautista-Agut 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-2 in 3 hours 48 minutes to enter Round 4
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DJOKOVIC ROARS BACK AND SECURES A BREAK TO WIN THE MATCH!
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Agut will serve at 2-5
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AGUT BREAKS BACK!!!!!!

WOW!

HOW LONG CAN HE STRETCH DJOKOVIC?
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But, wait, the drama is not over yet!

Agut has two break points now as Djokovic's first serves magically disappear!
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DJOKOVIC HAS SECURED A DOUBLE BREAK OF SERVE NOW AND HAS GONE UP TO 5-1.

HE WILL SERVE FOR THE MATCH NOW
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Djokovic hasn't relented one bit. Showing the same intensity and competitive spirit, he has held tightly to his solitary break lead and has GONE UP TO 4-1.
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Djokovic consolidates the break and has a big lead of 3-0
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Djokovic establishes early control in the fourth set to have a 2-0 lead.

But then, he had broken early even in the third set, after which the course of the set took a dramatic turn.
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Agut's backhand goes straight into the net and DJOKOVIC TAKES THE THIRD SET 7-6(4).
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TWO SET POINTS SAVED, WITH THE LAST ONE BEING A BACKHAND UNFORCED ERROR FROM THE SERB

He still has two more set points!
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It's been all Djokovic in this tie-break and he has FOUR SET POINTS!

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Djokovic's grunts are getting louder and louder, which indicates he is getting stronger.

With a powerful forehand crosscourt winner, Djokovic goes up to 4-2
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It IS a tie-break and Djokovic is imposing his authority here, in the early stages.

He HAS A MINI-BREAK AND NOW LEADS 3-1
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Djokovic will serve to force a tie-break.
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Agut holds his serve and is now ahead at 6-5
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The match has been pretty even so far. They have both won 111 points so far.
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Djokovic holds and makes it 5-5
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WHAT A DROPSHOT OFF A DROPSHOT FROM DJOKOVIC! AND WHAT A REACTION AFTER THAT! HE URGES THE CROWD TO APPLAUD IT!

40-30 ON HIS SERVE!
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30-30 on the Djokovic serve!
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A lot more power on Djokovic's groundstrokes! It pays him rich dividends!

He BREAKS and is now at 4-5
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 Djokovic was expected to raise his level, which he does!

Under pressure, Agut's backhand fails!

Djokovic has a break point!
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AGUT HAS A FIRM GRIP OVER THIS SET NOW!

HE BREAKS DJOKOVIC YET AGAIN AND NOW LEADS 5-3

IS DJOKOVIC FADING OR WILL HE ROAR BACK?
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The set is still on serve as Agut held his serve!

He is up 4-3
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Djokovic bears the fruit of his labour as he levels it up!

3-3
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AGUT IS BROKEN!!!!

DJOKOVIC WILL NOW SERVE TO MAKE IT 3-3

THIS SET CONTINUES TO BE TOPSY-TURVY!
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With a dropshot from the baseline, Djokovic storms back to have a couple of break points!
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Djokovic's forehand crosscourt finds the net and he is BROKEN!

SUDDENLY, AGUT WINS 3 GAMES IN A ROW!!!!!

UP 3-1
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Djokovic's fire seems to be have been doused for the moment!
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Stinging forehand returns from Agut and he has TWO BREAK POINTS!
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Some fine momentum from the Spaniard!

He wins 2 games in a row and builds a 2-1 lead.

The set is now on serve!
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AGUT BREAKS BACK!

DRAMA IN STORE!

1-1
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Djokovic faced a break point but Agut couldn't put the ball across the net on break point

Deuce
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DJOKOVIC STARTS THE THIRD SET WITH A BREAK IN THE FIRST GAME!

1-0 TO THE 2016 CHAMPION!
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AND AGUT MAKES THE MOST OF IT!

SECOND SET GOES TO AGUT AT 7-6(6).
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DJOKOVIC OVERCOOKED A SITTER OF A SWING VOLLEY!

COMPLETELY DESTROYED HIS RACQUET AND GETS A WARNING!

SET POINT TO AGUT
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Big return from Djokovic levels things up now!


6-6 in the tie-break.
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But his backhand fails him!

Agut's first set point is erased
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TWO SET POINTS FOR AGUT NOW AT 6-4
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Novak was caught in no man's land! Agut finished with a smart putaway at the net

5-4 to Agut
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AND HE DOES!

IT IS INDEED 4-4
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AND DJOKOVIC GETS BACK THE MINI BREAK!!!

LOOKING TO MAKE IT 4-4
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Agut still holds on his lead at 3-2
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WHAT A START TO THE TIE-BREAK FOR AGUT!

WITH A MINI-BREAK, HE LEADS 2-0
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AGUT SURVIVES MULTIPLE BREAK POINTS AND FORCES A TIE-BREAK!

THAT WAS A BIG, BIG TEST FOR THE SPANIARD!
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Will Agut level up things here and enforce a tie-break or will Djokovic make the breakthrough?
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Again the Serb holds and will now force the Spaniard to try and stay in this set.
6-5 lead for Novak
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And that gives Agut a second life as he HOLDS AND MAKE THIS 5-5
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