Thu, 29 Oct 2020

Djokovic rolls into third round at Roland Garros

Field Level Media
02 Oct 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

Novak Djokovic sailed to an easy 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis on Thursday to advance to the third round of the French Open in Paris.

The top-seeded Serbian smacked 10 aces during the 83-minute match while recording his 70th all-time win at Roland Garros. He is tied for second all-time with Roger Federer and only Rafael Nadal (95) has notched more victories on the famous clay-court surface.

"Grand Slams are obviously the biggest tournaments in our sport. Historically, they count the most," Djokovic said afterward. "Of course it makes me proud, makes me happy."

Djokovic registered 25 winners against 14 unforced errors while the numbers were reversed for Berankis -- 14 winners, 25 unforced errors.

Djokovic will next face Colombian lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan, who rolled through American Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. Sandgren was undone by 52 unforced errors while Galan had just 22.

"I don't know much about him, to be honest," Djokovic said of Galan. "I have never seen him play, so I'll have to obviously look at his matches, the videos, and try to prepare myself with my team. It's always dangerous facing opponents you never faced before."

Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece also was superb in his second-round match as he swept through Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in 88 minutes.

Tsitsipas had 26 winners against 18 unforced errors while cruising against Cuevas, who committed 32 unforced errors against 18 winners.

Seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini advanced with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over South Africa's Lloyd Harris. Berrettini had 39 winners and 39 unforced errors.

No. 9 seed Canadian Denis Shapovalov was ousted as Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena posted a 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 victory.

Carballes Baena had 31 winners and 42 unforced errors while Shapovalov had a whopping 106 unforced errors to go with 65 winners. The Canadian also had 12 double faults.

No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain rolled to a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Attila Balazs of Hungary, while No. 13 Andrey Rublev of Russia defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

No. 15 Karen Khachanov of Russia outlasted Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2), while No. 17 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain knocked off Guido Pella of Argentina 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria swept Andrej Martin of Slovakia 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-1, and No. 20 Cristian Garin of Chile defeated Marc Polmans of Australia 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

--Field Level Media

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