In the last 16, Djokovic will take on a much more familiar name in Russian 15th seed Karen Khachanov, who reached the quarter-finals last year and is having another good run, beating Christian Garin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in round three.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Grigor Dimitrov will clash next after both benefiting from injuries to their opponents.
Tsitsipas was leading Aljaz Bedene 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 when the Slovenian called it a day because of an ankle injury. Dimitrov, meanwhile, had just won the second set against Roberto Carballes Baena when the Spaniard decided he could no longer continue.
It is the first time Dimitrov has made the fourth round at Roland Garros at the 10th try, and he said: “I don’t know how many times I’ve been in the third round here.
“I appreciate the moment. I appreciate the stage that I’m at. All I’m doing right now is just being consistent. Everything is in place. My shots are there, my serve is there. I’m just going in the moment, trying to stay within myself, going one day at a time.”
The shock of the day was caused by German qualifier Daniel Altmaier, who knocked out seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to reach the fourth round at his first grand slam.
The 22-year-old, who has been beset by injury problems, revealed he has been helped by British boxers David Haye and Anthony Joshua through his sponsorship from Sky.
Altmaier said: “I was working really hard with my team to be in this position, to feel stable, to really play well and compete against the top guys. I always believe in this, so I think that’s why it’s happening at the moment.”
Altmaier will take on Pablo Carreno Busta, who won an attritional battle against his fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Thirteenth seed Andrey Rublev continued his strong form with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson, and the Russian will face unseeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, who saw off Thiago Monteiro 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.
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