Novak Djokovic feels the heat as he progresses in French Open

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Novak Djokovic feels the heat in Paris as he continues his quest for a calendar Grand Slam.

The world No.1 struggled on the hottest day of the Championship as he beat Italian Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-3 6-2 in the third round on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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The Serb did not look himself and did not play to his usually high standards even though he is in the Last 16 without dropping a set so far this week.

After just seven games, he went for a toilet break – unusual at such an early juncture of the match – and commentators noticed he was not firing on all cylinders.

This was the hottest day of the Championships with the temperature reaching 29 degree and it was evident, despite the score line, that the 32-year-old was not hitting his usual high notes.

Djokovic is the holder of the singles titles at Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open and is aiming to complete the ‘Novak Slam’ for the second time in his career.

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More pertinently if he wins the French Open a week on Sunday for a second time then he will be on course to win all the slams in the same year.

The last man to do that was the Australian great Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.

Djokovic maintained his unbeaten record against qualifiers at Grand Slam level – 18 matches played, now 18 matches won.

The 32-year-old will now face either Croatian No.13 seed Borna Coric or German Jan-Lennard Struff in the Last 16.

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