Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer move on to 4th round at Roland Garros

PARIS -- Top-seeded Novak Djokovic made sure he wouldn't have to play for a second consecutive day at the French Open by finishing his third-round match before darkness on Saturday.

After rain halted play for more than 2½ hours, Djokovic was unable to start his match against Aljaz Bedene until late in the afternoon. Djokovic needed a little bit more than two hours to beat British player Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in fading light.

"It was obviously very important to finish that match tonight,'' said Djokovic, who saved five of the seven break points he faced and broke Bedene seven times.

Djokovic, who lost in the final at Roland Garros in three of the past four years, is chasing a career Grand Slam in Paris. He will be up against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round.

Earlier Saturday, sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France retired from his third-round match with a leg injury while leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set.

Tsonga, twice a semifinalist at Roland Garros and the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open, left the court with a trainer. When he returned, he said he no longer could play.

It was the second significant injury in the lower half of the men's draw. Fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal withdrew from the French Open on Friday with an injured left wrist.

Gulbis, ranked 80th in the world, reached the semifinals at the French Open in 2014.

Former French Open runner-up David Ferrer advanced to the fourth round for a sixth consecutive year. The No. 11 seed, he came out on top from an all-Spanish match with Feliciano Lopez, winning 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-1. He'll next face either seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych or Pablo Cuevas.

Dominic Thiem prevailed in a duel of rising tennis stars, downing teenager Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

With Nadal out, a far less daunting opponent awaits for Thiem. He'll face 56th-ranked Marcel Granollers, who never has reached a major quarterfinal, either.

"Against Rafa, I'm the underdog," Thiem acknowledged. "Against Granollers, I'm probably the favorite."

No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 12 David Goffin also advanced into the fourth round.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.