Novak still on course for 25th Slam title

Henry

Novak Djokovic looked like his old self again when he beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

The victory means that the Serbian is still on course to collect his 25th Grand Slam and his fourth French Open title.

The first set was admittedly a tough affair, but Djokovic soon found his feet to clinch the set.

In the second set he enjoyed a 4-0 lead in the blink of an eye.

“I am happy that I was able to win my first two matches at Roland-Garros in clean sets. Roberto played good tennis in the first set, but after that I was able to dictate the game,” said the world’s number one player.

After a series of defeats in the run-up to the French Open, Djokovic said that he does not consider himself the favorite player to hold up the silverware in Paris.

“However, I believe in myself and my ability on a tennis court. I know what I am capable of and I have already pulled a rabbit out of the hat before. The matches ahead are only getting more difficult, but I always want to take things as far as possible in a Grand Slam.”

He will face Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in the next round.

Results:

Mirra Andreeva beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 3-6 and 7-5

Jasmine Paolini beat Hailey Baptiste 6-4 and 7-6

Peyton Stearns beat Daria Kasatkina 7-5 and 6-2

Madison Keys beat Mayar Sherif 6-0 and 7-6

Clara Tauson beat Jelena Ostapenko 7-6, 4-6 and 6-3

Olga Danilovic beat Danielle Collins 6-7, 7-5 and 6-4

Elena Rybakina beat Arantxa Rus 6-3 and 6-4

Aryna Sabalenka beat Moyuka Uchijima 6-2 and 6-2

Lorenzo Musetti beat Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-1 and 6-4

Taylor Fritz beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4

Casper Ruud beats Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3

Holger Rune beats Flavio Cobolli 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 3-6 and 7-6

Alex de Minaur beat Jaume Munar 7-6, 6-1 and 6-4

Novak Djokovic beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1 and 6-2

Alexander Zvererv beat David Goffin 7-6, 6-2 and 6-2

Grigor Dimitrov beat Fabian Marozsan 6-0, 6-3 and 6-4