Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance in French Open; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out
Novak Djokovic defeated Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 to advance in the French Open while 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered a loss to Renzo Olivo to dash French hopes. Rafael Nadal outclassed Dutchman Robin Haase.tennis Updated: May 31, 2017 22:53 IST
Novak Djokovic stormed into the last 32 on Wednesday as he aims to become the first man in the Open era to win each Grand Slam twice while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out after suffering a four-set loss to Renzo Olivo.
Djokovic needed little over two hours to see off Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 as he bids to become to defend the French Open crown.
The world number two broke his 59th-ranked opponent six times to make it four wins in as many meetings with Sousa. Djokovic goes on to face Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman for a place in the last 16.
Rafael Nadal outclassed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 49 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier to continue his quest for an incredible 10th Roland Garros triumph.
“I was more or less under control during the whole match, so I’m very happy. Winning in straight sets is always good news,” said Nadal. “I think I did a lot of things well this afternoon.”
The Spaniard will face Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in round four after the Georgian matched his best ever run at a Grand Slam.
“In the first and second rounds I’m the favourite, but it’s sport and nothing is predictable,” said Djokovic. “I think the first two sets went very well, the third was was more difficult.”
Rafael Nadal’s quest for an incredible 10th Roland Garros title continues later against Dutchman Robin Haase later.
But Carlos Moya, the 1998 French Open champion and part of coaching Nadal’s coaching team, admitted talk of another triumph was causing pressure for his fellow Spaniard.
“Clearly there is a bit of pressure. We don’t pay much attention to making it number ten,” Moya told AFP. “We take it into account but we try to ignore it. We try to coexist as best as possible with the pressure.”
Thiem through, Tsonga out
Sixth seed Dominic Thiem charged into round three with a routine win over Simone Bolelli, sweeping the Italian aside 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.
The Austrian, who is the only player to defeat Nadal on clay this season, will meet American 25th seed Steve Johnson next as he looks to build on last year’s run to the semi-finals.
Hopes of a first French men’s champion since Yannick Noah in 1983 suffered a huge blow as 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out in his opening match.
The Frenchman won his first clay-court title in Lyon last week but slid to a four-set defeat to Roland Garros debutant Renzo Olivo in a tie held over from Tuesday.
Serving to stay in the match when play resumed, Tsonga was broken immediately by the Argentine world number 91 as Olivo wrapped up a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4 win.
First Published: May 31, 2017 20:39 IST