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Summary

  1. Djokovic wins 6-2 6-3 6-3 in fading light
  2. Djokovic bidding for first French Open title
  3. Bedene was in third round for the first time

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Au revoir!

As the Roland Garros staff shut up shop again, it is also time for us to slink off into the night. 

Head over to our tennis page to catch up on anything you might have missed from Paris. And then make sure you join us again tomorrow for Andy Murray's last-16 match against big-serving American John Isner. Cheerio!

Men's quarter-finals draw

And Djokovic putting his name forward means the last-16 draw is now complete. Here's the rest of the line-up...

Men's R16: Djokovic-RBA Ferrer-Berdych Granollers-Thiem Goffin-Gulbis Raonic-Ramos Vinolas Troicki-Wawrinka Nishikori-Gasquet Isner-Murray

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 6-3 Bedene

With Djokovic racing off into the Parisian night, presumably to nip into a swish restaurant before the kitchen closes, he might not even have had time to think about his opponent. Well, Novak it will be 14th-seed Roberto Bautista Agut. One to think about over hors d'oeuvres.

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 6-3 Bedene

Djokovic turns Joker-vic as he applauds Chatrier for all their eye-straining in the past half-hour. The Serb beats his chest and uses his hands to encourage each side of the French crowd to celebrate his win.

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 6-3 Bedene

Rousing reception for Aljaz Bedene as he leaves Chatrier in near darkness. His first foray into a Slam third round might be over, but he has been far from embarrassed against the world number one. Plenty of encouragement to take from that one, I reckon.

Novak Djokovic celebrates
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Game, set and match - Djokovic

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 6-3 Bedene

Oh no! Aljaz, Aljaz, Aljaz...the Briton gifts a match point to Djokovic, somehow missing the target with a loose forehand. He points his racquet at the mark in the red clay, trying to kid the umpire - and himself - into thinking the ball dusted the whitewash. It didn't. 

Novak clasps his palms together, jokingly begging the umpire to stay in his seat. That he does and a long forehand from Bedene brings the evening to a close.

Novak Djokovic celebrates
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Djokovic 6-2 6-3 5-3 Bedene*

No signs yet of the umpire calling this a day. The Roland Garros officials will be keen to avoid further disruption to their schedule by this match being carried over. A wallop of a forehand is the only bright spot (pun intended) for Bedene at 40-15, a pumped up Djokovic bludgeoning the ball back down to clinch it. Then he smacks down the service balls back to Bedene, basically telling him to get a shift on.

*Djokovic 6-2 6-3 4-3 Bedene

Woah, hang on Aljaz! Slow down man. The Briton races through his service game, smashing down an ace for 40-15 and then sealing it when Djokovic can't guide a backhand to safety.

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 4-2 Bedene*

Novak Djokovic races out of his chair after about 30 seconds of the changeover. He's got a job to do. The top seed is ranting and raving between points, shouting at the sky for daring to become dark. Tsk, science eh?

Bad light is becoming Bedene's friend though. The Briton takes the game into deuce, much to Novak's annoyance, eventually buckling to a sledgehammer of a Serbian forehand.

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent in Paris

"Aljaz Bedene has approached this match and this set in the right way. He's played well but it's one thing breaking Djokovic's serve, you've got to follow it up by holding your own."

Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 6-2 6-3 3-2 Bedene

Ah. Beware the wounded world number one. Djokovic roars back, nicking Bedene's break back...er...back in an instant.

Bedene breaks

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 2-2 Bedene*

He's got it! Bedene is determined to roll up at Roland Garros again tomorrow. Another chance for the Briton as Novak slaps a forehand into the net. Djoko, becoming increasingly frustrated, is drawn into a baseline slugfest, eventually losing patience with a heavy-handed forehand that whizzes past the left tramline.

Aljaz Bedene
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Djokovic 6-2 6-3 2-1 Bedene

But Djokovic won't get the job done tonight if he loses this third set. Bedene has produced a showreel of quality shots tonight, another sumptuous lob helping tee up another break point. This is his sixth chance of the night, having only converted one, but misses the line to go back to deuce...

*Djokovic 6-2 6-3 2-1 Bedene

Djokovic is beating his British opponent, but can he beat the clock? Daylight is rapidly fading at Roland Garros. Djokovic is keen to get cracking...

*Djokovic 6-2 6-3 2-1 Bedene

Stunning stuff! Aljaz Bedene rummages around in the top drawer to pull a shot that holds his serve. The British number two has a moment of panic at deuce, but digs out an ace and a then a produces a wonderful backhand that arcs around Djokovic's reach. On we go...

Aljaz Bedene
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Djokovic 6-2 6-3 2-0 Bedene*

The light is fading fast at Roland Garros. Aljaz Bedene makes that point to the umpire. Maybe he will be fiddling around in his pocket for a lightmeter in the next few minutes...

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 2-0 Bedene*

Ooooh, chance here for Bedene. The adopted Briton has a break point, but he can't convert as Djokovic has him shuttling across the baseline. Finally he gives up as the Serb smacks a backhand beyond his reach. He's not going quietly though, sticking with Novak in a couple of tough rallies before the top seed sees the hold through. And a long, loud roar tells you exactly how much that means...

Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic 6-2 6-3 1-0 Bedene

Aljaz Bedene is enjoying himself out there. He drags Djokovic back to 30-30, then the keen football fan shows some neat footwork before the next point - with a flick and a few keepy-uppies - to the amusement of the Chatrier crowd. Then it is back to serious business as he staves off a game point to force deuce....

Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 6-2 6-3 1-0 Bedene

First break point for Djokovic at the first opportunity. The Serb jumps into a forehand which he crunches down the line to set up the steal, then forces Bedene into a backhand error to nab it. Novak wants to wrap this one up sharpish.

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 0-0 Bedene*

Aljaz Bedene and his doctor
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Right...Bedene's makeshift optician (his trainer) pops a few eye-drops into his lense and he's back in business. Time to focus on the match again...

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 Bedene

Slight delay at the start of the third set. Aljaz Bedene has called on the trainer. Time-delaying tactic? Novak reckons so. Turns out the Briton's contact lense is giving him a bit of bother. Plenty of us have been there Aljaz...it's a nightmare. Especially when the lense disappears underneath your top eyelid. Anyone else done that? Makes me shudder thinking about it...

Game and second set - Djokovic

Djokovic 6-2 6-3 Bedene

Aljaz Bedene
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Right then, Djokovic has the ball in his left hand. He's serving for the second set. And the world number one is not messing about between points. Think he wants this one finished before dusk falls in Paris. His fourth ace of a dimming evening tees up two set points...but he needs just one. Bedene goes rogue with a sloppy forehand that slides down the tramlines.

*Djokovic 6-2 5-3 Bedene

This is a game that neither man wants to win. Djokovic tosses away four break points, Bedene finally wrestling back the momentum. A blistering ace and a solid fistpump later, he's still in the set...

Djokovic 6-2 5-2 Bedene*

Novak Djokovic
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What do you do when the game's greatest returner is awaiting your serve? Whack one down and hope for the best I'd imagine. Bedene can only stand back and applaud a brilliant Djokovic backhand which slides away from his despairing dive. That's 15-15. Bedene refocus to move 40-15 ahead, only for Djoko to come roaring back. A feathered drop-shot and we're going into deuce...

Paul Newman

Tennis correspondent for the Independent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That was a terrific comeback. His body language when he was broken, it looked like things were getting to him for the first time but he didn't play like that.

"He played a lovely lob to get to break point and he finished it off in real style."

Bedene breaks

Djokovic 6-2 5-2 Bedene*

This is more like it! Maybe blasting your racquet into the ground works a treat after all*

Aljaz Bedene gets his head back on the task in front of him, producing some wonderful tennis to break Novak Djokovic's serve. Chatrier on his side, now he just has to hold his own serve to avoid losing the second set...

*Don't do it kids

Paul Newman

Tennis correspondent for the Independent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Two or three of Djokovic's returns were fantastic. They were hit very low and very deep so Bedene was almost playing half volleys on the baseline. How you play those I don't know."

Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 6-2 5-1 Bedene

Novak Djokovic
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That piles the pressure back on to Bedene's shoulders - and he buckles. Djokovic's forehand is relentless, making deep incisions into the Briton's defence. Few people on this planet would be able to cope with these. Bedene loses his cool - as well as the game - threatening to smash his racquet into the red clay. He stops, then decides to release his anger in this manner anyway...

Djokovic 6-2 4-1 Bedene*

Aljaz Bedene is playing some good stuff here. The only problem is that Novak Djokovic is staring back at him from across the net. Ah...I've jinxed him. The Briton squanders a 40-15 lead with a pair of weak forehands which introduce ball with net. Deuce...

Djokovic 6-2 4-1 Bedene*

Aljaz Bedene
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Another Djokovic service game...another blink-and-you'll-miss-it hold. Bedene barely sticks a string on the ball as the Serb has a power surge.

Paul Newman

Tennis correspondent for the Independent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That break illustrates the difference between these two players. Djokovic was 15-40 down in the first game but plays two good points and goes on to hold; Bedene at 15-40 down makes a mistake and Djokovic breaks."

Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 6-2 3-1 Bedene

Bedene puffs out his cheeks after eyeballing a forehand into the tramlines. That hands two break points to the top seed, who snaffles these chances like a hungry wolf. The Serb needs just the one chance, Bedene handing it on a plate as he overcooks a cross-hand backhand.

Djokovic 6-2 2-1 Bedene*

Novak Djokovic
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That's enough of that...Novak Djokovic sticks his toe to the ground, accelerating away from his British opponent quickly. He does zero to 40 in about 30 seconds, edging past the finish line as Bedene can't find the target with a sloppy backhand,

*Djokovic 6-2 1-1 Bedene

Aljaz Bedene
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Impressive service game from Aljaz Bedene - even Novak Djokovic is impressed. The world number one warmly smacks his racquet with his hand as Bedene wraps up a comfortable hold with a thumping ace.

Djokovic 6-2 1-0 Bedene*

Sartorial style isn't Djokovic's only problem. The bloke up the other end is causing a few problems. Bedene tees up a couple of break points at the first attempt, only for Djokovic to crank up the intensity and hold after deuce. 

*Djokovic 6-2 0-0 Bedene

Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic seems to be wearing the same rose-red polo shirt that he had on in the first set. Maybe he just wanted the attention from the swooning crowd. Or maybe he has a pack of three shirts in his bag.

Paul Newman

Tennis correspondent for the Independent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"You sense the weather will be a major factor this week given the poor forecast. Without a roof it's hard to catch up with the schedule and players might find themselves playing four days in a row."

Djokovic 6-2 Bedene

Novak Djokovic changes his shirt
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Quick change of ends in the ever-so-slightly fading Paris daylight. And a quick change of top for Djokovic, which even brings a few wolfwhistles from the Chatrier crowd.

Game and first set - Djokovic

Djokovic 6-2 Bedene

Novak Djokovic
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Less beef, more finesse. Both players change tact...but it doesn't help Bedene. The British number two tries a deft lob at 15-30 that beats Djokovic and the baseline. 

Two set points for Djokovic. One...disappears when Bedene blasts down an ace. Two...doesn't disappear. Djokovic pounds a forehand close to Bedene's feet, which can't move quick enough to guide his return back to safety.

First blood to the world number one.

Djokovic 5-2 Bedene*

So here we are. Djokovic is a break away from taking the first set in little over half an hour...