Djokovic still in after remarkable fightback

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Updated: June 4, 2012

Novak Djokovic staged an epic French Open fourth round recovery as he battled back from two sets down to beat Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 and salvage his dream of making Grand Slam history.

The world No1, bidding to become just the third man to hold all four majors at the same time, and first since 1969, struggled in the cold conditions on Philippe Chatrier court against a player he’d beaten seven times in seven meetings.

He will next face either French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, the 18th seed, for a place in the semifinals.

Tsonga was leading 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 3-6, 4-2 when their match was suspended until Monday because of fading light.

Roger Federer, the champion in 2009, dropped the first set against Belgian lucky loser David Goffin, the world number 109, before claiming a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 win.

Federer awaits the winner of Berdych and Del Potro, their match was halted due to darkness with Del Potro leading 7-6 (8/6), 1-6, 6-3.

The men’s fourth round will be completed on Monday when six-time champion Nadal, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Sunday, meets Argentina’s Juan Monaco.

Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic tackles in-form Spanish 12th seed Nicolas Almagro.

Fourth seeded Briton Andy Murray faces French 17th seed Richard Gasquet with David Ferrer, the sixth seed, taking on 20th seed Marcel Granollers in an all-Spanish contest.