Novak Djokovic Equals Roger Federer's historic record during French Open

Defending champion and world No 1 Novak Djokovic survived a five-set near five-hour epic against Lorenzo Musetti in the latest-ever finish to a match in French Open history.

The reigning champion showcased the iron will that has made him one of the game's greatest players to avoid defeat in a thrilling contest that got underway at 10.40pm local time on Saturday.

Djokovic went on to seal a marathon 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 2-6 6-3 6-0 comeback victory over 22-year-old Italian Musetti to advance to the last 16 in a match that lasted four hours and 29 minutes and did not conclude until Sunday after 3am local time - shattering the tournament's previous latest finish of 1.26am.

The Serbian claimed his 369th Grand Slam match victory to move level with Roger Federer at the top of the all-time list.

"He played a fantastic match and came very close to victory," Djokovic said on court.