Djokovic Dominates En Route To Third Round At Roland Garros
Khachanov battles on
Djokovic beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes to improve his 2020 record to 33-1. The Serbian star, who recently won the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, has won 16 of 17 sets on clay this season.
"Grand Slams are obviously the biggest tournaments in our sport. Historically, they count the most. So of course winning that many matches [at] each Slam is a great achievement," Djokovic said. "Of course it makes me proud, makes me happy."
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Djokovic set the tone by breaking Berankis' serve in his first return game of the match and he never looked back. The World No. 66 was unable to put the top seed into discomfort and between the second and third sets, he received treatment on his back.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion was dominant in short rallies, winning more than 67 per cent of rallies that lasted between zero and four shots. Djokovic only lost two first-serve points (36/38) in the match and went unbroken against the former junior World No. 1. The 2016 Roland Garros winner has dropped just 10 games in his first two matches combined.
"I don't know much about him, to be honest. I have never seen him play, so I'll have to obviously look at his matches, the videos, and try to prepare myself with my team," Djokovic said. "It's always dangerous facing opponents you never faced before."
Since losing against Henri Laaksonen in the final round of qualifying, Galan has found his best form. The 24-year-old had never previously won a main draw match at a Slam. Last year, he reached the semi-finals at Houston's clay-court ATP 250.
The Russian No. 15 seed dug deep to beat Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 7-6(2) in three hours and 35 minutes. He won 67 of 81 first-serve points (83 per cent) and hit 65 winners.
Khachanov needed to save sets points at 5-6, 30/40 in the third set, then at 6/7 in the tie-break, and the 24-year-old also recovered from 2-5 and saved three set points at 4-5 in the fourth set.The World No. 16 will next challenge No. 20 seed Cristian Garin, who found a way past lucky loser Marc Polmans 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4 in three hours and 41 minutes.