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Novak Djokovic is qualified for the third round of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic won his second round match against Alex Molcan 6-2 6-3 7-6 (7-4) as he seeks to defend his French Open title in Paris.

The world number one, playing his first major of the year, achieved 40 winners and 10 aces in a decisive performance on the Suzanne-Lenglen track.

Molcan managed to push Djokovic into a third-set tie-break, but threw the racket in frustration after throwing the ball into the net.

This mistake gave Djokovic a starting point, and he closed it properly.

World number 195 Aljaz Bedene awaits the reigning champion, a player against whom Djokovic has never lost.

Zverev premieres a five-set thriller

Alexander Zverev won again in sets in a row for the third time in his career

Alexander Zverev won again in sets in a row for the third time in his career

Alexander Zverev saved a point of view before beating Sebastian Baez 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 7-5 in an exciting duel at Court Philippe-Chatrier.

The two players fought for three hours and 36 minutes, and Zverev had to take every gram of his experience to beat his 21-year-old rival.

Baez, who ranks 36th in the world, created his starting opportunity with Zverev’s serve, but the German launched a great first serve to clear it and took control from that point.

“I told him that what he feels now is the worst thing you can feel on a tennis court,” Zverev said of his business with Baez on the net.

“It was an amazing game. I know how it feels because I lost the U.S. Open final after two sets to love. I was two points away from winning it and I lost 7-6 in the fifth. .

“You’re always getting better. I wish him nothing more than the best. He’s an incredibly fantastic guy and he’s going to do a lot of great things in this sport.”

Zverev, who was a semifinalist at Roland Garros last year, will face American Brandon Nakashima in the third round.

Sakkari eliminated, Gauff and Azarenka progress

Maria Sakkari was defeated in consecutive sets

Maria Sakkari was defeated in consecutive sets

Maria Sakkari became the last seed in the women’s draw to be eliminated after a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) loss to Karolina Muchova.

Sakkari, a semi-finalist in Paris last year, never found his rhythm on the Suzanne-Lenglen track and his rival took the risks he had.

The Greek follows Tunisian Ons Jabeur (6) and defending champion Barbora Krejcikova (2) after leaving the tournament after leaving in the first round.

Coco Gauff advanced to the third round beating Belgian Alison van Uytvanck 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

The 18-year-old is trying to improve on her career in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year, which is her best Grand Slam result.

Gauff fell back twice in the second set, but fell back each time. The American then forced three fouls on Van Uytvanck in the tie-break.

Gauff is the youngest player left in the draw and has celebrated her high school graduation this week with photos at the Eiffel Tower.

Victoria Azarenka will face Jil Teichmann in the third round

Victoria Azarenka will face Jil Teichmann in the third round

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

Azarenka, who is the No. 15 seed, produced a clear play by making just 13 unforced errors in Petkovic’s 42. He has won the Australian Open twice and was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2013.

While U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu lost in the second round to Aliaksandra Sasnovich, her opponent in the Flushing Meadows final, Leylah Fernandez, defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-3. -2.

Fernandez is being asked to delve deeper into the tournament, although he said: “Honestly, this is the first time I’ve heard of this.

“But I’m just concentrating on my own game. I’ve been trying to improve my game every day, trying to get to a level where I think I’m considered to be here at the highest level.

“I think my team and I were doing a good job, trying to improve every day and without thinking about victories and defeats or external voices.”

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