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The world No 1 will now face Aljaz Bedene within the third spherical as he seems to be to defend the title he gained 12 months go; Alexander Zverev got here from two units right down to beat Sebastian Baez; Maria Sakkari has been knocked out of the match

Final Up to date: 25/05/22 6:24pm

Novak Djokovic is through to the third round of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic is thru to the third spherical of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic gained his second spherical match towards Alex Molcan 6-2 6-3 7-6 (7-4) as he seems to be to defend his French Open title in Paris.

The world No 1, taking part in in his first main of the 12 months, hit 40 winners and 10 aces throughout a purposeful efficiency on Courtroom Suzanne-Lenglen.

Molcan was in a position to push Djokovic to a third-set tie-break, however he threw his racket down in frustration after hitting the ball into the online.

That error offered Djokovic with match level, and he duly closed it out.

Aljaz Bedene, the world No 195, awaits the defending champion, a participant Djokovic has by no means misplaced to.

Zverev edges out five-set thriller

Alexander Zverev came back to win from two sets for the third time in his career

Alexander Zverev got here again to win from two units for the third time in his profession

Alexander Zverev saved a match level earlier than triumphing over Sebastian Baez 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 7-5 in an exhilarating contest on Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier.

The 2 gamers battled for 3 hours and 36 minutes with Zverev having to make use of each ounce of his expertise to get previous his 21-year-old opponent.

Baez, who’s ranked 36 on the earth, created his match level alternative on the Zverev serve, however the German pulled out a giant first serve to erase it and took management from that time.

“I mentioned to him that how he feels now’s the worst you are going to really feel on a tennis courtroom,” Zverev mentioned about his change with Baez on the internet.

“It was such an unbelievable match. I understand how it feels, as I misplaced the US Open remaining from being two units to like up. I used to be two factors away from successful it and I misplaced 7-6 within the fifth.

“You at all times get higher from it. I want him nothing however the perfect, he is an unbelievably nice child and he will do lots of nice issues on this sport.”

Zverev, who was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros final 12 months, will face Brandon Nakashima of america within the third spherical.

Sakkari out, Gauff and Azarenka progress

Maria Sakkari suffered a straight-sets defeat

Maria Sakkari suffered a straight-sets defeat

Maria Sakkari grew to become the newest seed within the ladies’s draw to be knocked out after a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) defeat to Karolina Muchova.

Sakkari, a semi-finalist in Paris final 12 months, by no means discovered her groove on Courtroom Suzanne-Lenglen and her opponent took the possibilities that had been offered to her.

The Greek follows Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur (6) and defending champion Barbora Krejcikova (2) in exiting the match after they departed within the first spherical.

Coco Gauff superior to the third spherical by beating Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

The 18-year-old is attempting to enhance on her quarter-final run at Roland Garros final 12 months, which is her greatest outcome at a Grand Slam.

Gauff twice fell behind within the second set however broke again on each events. The American then compelled three errors from Van Uytvanck within the tie-break.

Gauff is the youngest participant remaining within the draw and celebrated her highschool commencement this week with footage on the Eiffel Tower.

Victoria Azarenka will meet Jil Teichmann in the third round

Victoria Azarenka will meet Jil Teichmann within the third spherical

Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka overcome Andrea Petkovic 6-1 7-6 (7-3) in her second-round match.

Azarenka, who’s the fifteenth seed, produced a clear match by hitting simply 13 unforced errors compared to Petkovic’s 42. She has twice gained the Australian Open and was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2013.

Whereas the US Open champion Emma Raducanu misplaced within the second spherical to Aliaksandra Sasnovich, her opponent within the remaining at Flushing Meadows – Leylah Fernandez – breezed by means of towards Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-2.

Fernandez is being tipped to go deep into the match, though she mentioned: “Truthfully that is the primary time I am listening to about this.

“However I am simply focusing by myself recreation. I’ve been attempting to enhance my recreation each single day, attempting to get to a stage the place I feel is deemed to be right here at a top-level.

“I feel my workforce and I had been doing a superb job, simply attempting to enhance day by day and never enthusiastic about wins and losses or any exterior voices.”

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