Novak Djokovic pushed to brink in French Open third round

He made it through in five sets

Novak Djokovic, tennis, French Open

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, June 2, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic came storming back to reach round four of the French Open tennis.

The Serb was taken to five sets by Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, but eventually won 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

He will now face the winner of Lucas Pouille and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Djokovic, who has made drastic changes to his coaching team and has brought in tennis great Andre Agassi to assist him, had found himself two sets to one down on his opponent.

But he dominated the final two sets 6-1, 6-1 to advance.

Earlier, nine time French Open champion Rafael Nadal also made it through to the fourth round after beating Nikoloz Basilashvili far more comfortably by a 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 score.