No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer both needed to rally past opponents on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the French Open.
Djokovic needed 4 hours and 18 minutes and five sets to get past Italy’s Andreas Seppi, the 22nd seed, 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. It was the Serbian’s third time winning a match from two sets down. He last performed the feat against Roger Federer in the 2011 US Open semifinals.
Djokovic made 77 unforced errors in winning his 25th consecutive Grand Slam match.
“All the congratulations for his tournament and performance today, “ the Serbian told media. “ I think, you know, he was a better player for first two sets, definitely. I was very fortunate to come through to this match. I was fighting. When I was two sets down, I believed I could win the match, and I think, you know, that’s the only positive I can really pick up from today’s match.
“Well, it’s one of those days where you don’t feel just nothing is working, you know, really. My serve wa