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Novak Djokovic began his quest for a second French Open title in style


Last Updated: 29/09/20 7:05pm

Novak Djokovic began his quest for a second French Open title in style

Novak Djokovic made a smooth start to his French Open campaign as he began his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title, and a second at Roland Garros, in style.

Playing his first Grand Slam match since his US Open disqualification, Djokovic was an emphatic 6-0 6-2 6-3 winner against Swede Mikael Ymer.

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The world No 1 took just 20 minutes to race through the first set and, although the next two sets were more competitive, Djokovic was always in control

Ymer will remember the match fondly for one moment in the second set when he chased down a lob and won a point with a shot whipped through his legs.

The top seed is aiming to become the first man in the Open era, and third overall after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to win all four majors twice.

Djokovic improved to 16-0 in the first round of the French Open. He converted nine of 11 break points. (broken twice) and hit 32 winners.

Andrey Rublev won the Hamburg European Open before heading to Paris for the French Open

Andrey Rublev won the Hamburg European Open before heading to Paris for the French Open

Andrey Rublev came back from the brink to beat Sam Querrey in five sets.

Trailing by two sets and 5-2 to the big-serving Querrey it seemed as though Russian star Rublev was about to suffer a similar first-round fate to his fourth-seeded compatriot Daniil Medvedev.

The 22-year-old had never recovered a two-set deficit before but showed incredible fight to gradually turn the match around to win 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-4 6-3 in three hours and 17 minutes.

Rublev’s first French Open match win sets him up for a second-round clash with Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Seventh seed Matteo Berrettini made short work of Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, winning 6-3 6-1 6-3. The Italian will next take on Lloyd Harris who beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-4 7-6 (9-7).

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