Novak Djokovic passes $100m mark with win at French Open

Novak Djokovic, right, teaches a ballboy how to celebrate a victory. Photo / AP
Novak Djokovic, right, teaches a ballboy how to celebrate a victory. Photo / AP

Novak Djokovic became the first tennis player to bank $US100 million (NZ$146m) in prizemoney after reaching the French Open quarter-finals overnight.

The Serbian world number one defeated Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5 to reach the impressive $100m mark joining athletes such as golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Lennox Lewis in the club.

After winning a match that was originally scheduled for Monday, began on Tuesday and was finally completed on Wednesday, Djokovic will now need to play in four straight days to win the one slam missing on his CV.

"I have the feeling I played three matches against him," a grinning Djokovic told the crowd after donning a yellow rain hat during his victory speech.

"Yesterday the match was interrupted three times and it wasn't easy coming here at 9am and leaving at 7.30 or 8pm.

"So that's the reason why we should have the roof here. I'm hoping we're going to have it very soon,"

Djokovic will contest in his 28th successive major quarter-final against Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych.


Men's singles

Fourth round
12-David Goffin (BEL) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 4-6 6-2 6-2 6-3.
7-Tomas Berdych (CZE) bt 11-David Ferrer (ESP) 6-3 7-5 6-3.
13-Dominic Thiem (AUT) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-2 6-7(2) 6-1 6-4.
1-Novak Djokovic (SRB) bt 14-Roberto Bautista (ESP) 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5.

2-Andy Murray (GBR) bt 9-Richard Gasquet (FRA) 5-7 7-6(3) 6-0 6-2.
3-Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 6-2 6-1 7-6(7).

Women's singles

Fourth round
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt 12-Carla Suarez (ESP) 7-5 7-5.
8-Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) bt 9-Venus Williams (USA) 6-2 6-4.
Kiki Bertens (NED) bt 15-Madison Keys (USA) 7-6(4) 6-3.
1-Serena Williams (USA) bt 18-Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-1 6-1.

- NZ Herald

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