Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut during their men's fourth round match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 1, 2016. / AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA
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Novak Djokovic had 100 million reasons to celebrate reaching the French Open quarterfinals Wednesday – albeit two days later than expected – as players finally cleared the fourth-round backlog created by the fickle Parisian weather.After relentless rain washed out all but two hours of play over the previous two days, under-fire Roland Garros organizers said such conditions had not been seen since 1873 as they frantically tried to play catch-up by staging 12 singles matches – instead of just four quarterfinals as is the norm – on day 11 of the sodden championships.Serena Williams, who like Djokovic was bogged down in the fourth round for more than 48 hours, booked her place in the quarterfinals with a 6-1 6-1 walloping of Ukrainian 18th seed Elina Svitolina.Djokovic will be hoping he does not face another soggy day as he will be back in action Thursday to contest his 28th successive major quarterfinal against Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych, a 6-3 7-5 6-3 winner over 2013 runner-up David Ferrer.
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