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Novak Djokovic aims to defend the title he won at Roland Garros last year

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round of the French Open with consecutive victories on Friday afternoon at Roland Garros.

The world number one got a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aljaz Bedene on the Philippe-Chatrier track and shortly after Christmas finished the job against Zandschulp’s Botic van 6-3 6 -2 6 -4.

Both men have fourth-round games to play, but if they win they will face off in the quarterfinals.

Djokovic will face Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round and Nadal will face Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Djokovic does a light job on Bedene

On the Philippe-Chatrier track, Djokovic picked up the pace very quickly and never let go.

His opponent, Bedene, ranks 195th in the world after an eight-month layoff and a return to action in March, unrivaled for the world’s number 1 impeccable power and service games.

The Serb missed three break points with 2-1 in the first set, but soon had another chance to break in just over 30 minutes.

Djokovic got two more breaks in the second set to get it as fast as the first, without Bedene creating a single break opportunity throughout the match.

Bedene won just five points with Djokovic’s serve in the first two sets.

Djokovic seems concentrated in Paris and easily reached the fourth round

Djokovic seems concentrated in Paris and easily reached the fourth round

The third set went the same way with Djokovic breaking soon and Bedene, who made twice as many unforced errors as his rival, unanswered.

“It’s not possible to play to perfection, but to strive to play close to perfection,” Djokovic said during his interview on the court.

“I want to play my characteristic game, my aggressive game. It’s not always possible, but today has been very good. “

The world number one, 35, is now in a streak of eight straight wins after his title in Rome and has never lost to fourth-round rival Schwartzman on tour.

Nadal fires Van De Zandschulp

Rafael Nadal now has a record of 108 wins at Roland Garros and only three defeats

Rafael Nadal now has a record of 108 wins at Roland Garros and only three defeats

The 13-time Roland-Garros champion put on an impressive display in front of the public at the Suzanne-Lenglen track.

Nadal played with his characteristic intensity and produced two almost perfect tennis games to squeeze 6-3 6-2. He only got two unforced errors in the first set and only three in the second set.

Van De Zandschulp grew in confidence as the third set continued, but Nadal used his experience to resolve fights and cross the line before his opponent could make significant further advances.

“I had my chance with a 5-0 break point in the third, but then he did a great second serve, a deflected ace,” Nadal said later. “Then I played a bad game with my service and he played very aggressive tennis.

“You always have the nerves to finish the game [off], so I’m glad I finished my two sets. I think it was my best match of the tournament in two and a half sets. So I’m very happy about that. “

Schwartzman eliminates Dimitrov in three

Diego Schwartzman goes to the fourth round of Roland Garros for the fourth time in his last five appearances

Diego Schwartzman goes to the fourth round of Roland Garros for the fourth time in his last five appearances

Schwartzman defeated Grigor Dimitrov in sets of 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday.

The 15th seed was able to take advantage of Dimitrov’s top-down form in his competition. Dimitrov finished the match with 59 unforced errors, while Schwartzman reduced his lead to just 20.

Djokovic and Schwartzman have faced each other six times in the ATP Tour, the world number one has never lost. The last meeting between the two was at the 2020 ATP Finals.

Alexander Zverev now faces American Brandon Nakashima on the Suzanne-Lenglen track.

Cameron Norrie, the only Briton left in the draw after losing to Dan Evans on Thursday, faces 21st seed Karen Khachanov at the Simonne-Mathieu track on Friday afternoon.

Carlos Alcaraz will headline the night session at Court Philippe-Chatrier against Sebastian Korda at 7:45 p.m.

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