Novak Djokovic casts Aljaz Bedene’s French Open into darkness

• Djokovic wins 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in rapidly fading light
• Jo-Wilfried Tsonga forced to retire during match with Ernests Gulbis

When Novak Djokovic walked on to Court Philippe Chatrier in passable sunlight at 7.15pm, he looked at the brooding sky as if it were one of two enemies that might cause him grief. The other was someone he admires and respects and ultimately would humble in straight sets, Aljaz Bedene of Welwyn Garden City.

So, at the end of a tough week, he brought his minor concern to a conclusion in just over two hours, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in near total darkness. But there is light ahead: unless an earthquake rips through Paris, he will play nobody higher than 13 in the world in the semi-finals, before entertaining either Andy Murray, the defending champion, Stan Wawrinka, or perhaps Kei Nishikori in the final on Sunday week.

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