Novak Djokovic advances to third round as Alexander Zverev survives French Open, Maria Sakkari upset MIGMG News



Defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday and Alexander Zverev saved a match point after recovering from two sets down, but Maria Sakkari became fifth in the women’s top 10 exit.

Djokovic comfortably took off from Slovakia’s Alex Mulkan, the world number one, as he won 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) against a player trained by his long-time coach Marian Vajda, the man who inspired the most players. 20 titles in the Grand Slam.

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“It was a pleasure to play at Susan Lenglin Court. I don’t have a lot of opportunities to play here,” Djokovic said after reaching the third round for the 17th year in a row.

“I felt supported. There were difficult conditions today with a lot of wind blowing in different directions.

“So I had to stay focused and stay patient.”

The top seed will continue to offer the Roland Garros title for the third time to Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in the round of 32.

Third seed and 2021 runner-up Zverev struggled from the brink against Argentine Sebastian Baez to avoid an early loss at a major tournament three years ago.

Zverev beat Baez 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 after three hours and 36 minutes. He will play with American Brandon Nakashima for a place in the round of 16.

“There’s not much you can do, you just have to find a way,” said Zverev, who held off a match point when he was 4-5 in the last set.

“The greats – Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal), Djokovic – always find a way in the most difficult moments.”

This was the third comeback from a two-set deficit in Zverev’s career. He fell behind fellow German Oscar Otti 2-0 in the opening round at Roland Garros a year ago, before reaching the last four.

However, fourth-seeded Greek Skari crashed after falling 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4) to Czech world number 81 Karolina Mochova.

Scary was one point away from reaching the final at Roland Garros last year.

Their defeat left the women’s lottery without four of the top six seeded women as defending champion Barbora Krezhikova, Annette Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur followed through the door.

Machova will next play 27th seed Amanda Anisimova, who reached the last four in Paris three years ago.

“It’s very special, she’s a great player. It was a big fight, a bit of a test and a challenge for me and I’m glad I handled it the way I did,” said Machova.

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Former Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka also qualified for the third round.

Kerber, who won her first clay court title in six years on the eve of the French Open, defeated French wildcard and 2020 budding champion Elsa Jacquimot 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) as she seeks the only Grand Slam missing from her. Collection.

The 21st-seeded German will next play Aleksandra Sasnovich, a Belarusian who defeated US Open champion Emma Radokano 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

“I think last week was really important for me to get the title,” former top seed Kerber said of her win in Strasbourg.

“I had a lot of confidence. It’s great to be back here and I hope I can play more matches.”

Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner, defeated Andrea Petkovic in the 2014 Roland Garros semi-finals 6-1, 7-6 (7/3). She meets Switzerland’s 23rd seed Jill Techmann for a place in the fourth round.

Chasing his 14th French Open title, Rafael Nadal went up against French wildcard Corentin Moutet in the evening session. Mutit defeated 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round.

Nadal started the year with 20 wins, taking his second Australian Open title to claim a record 21st Grand Slam and ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer.

At the French Open, the 35-year-old has recorded an astonishing 106 wins and just three defeats since his debut in 2005, but has yet to win a claycourt title this season after suffering rib and foot injuries.

Carlos Alcaraz, 19, is trying to become the eighth teen to win the men’s main title, leaning wide to break the stranglehold of Djokovic and Nadal.

Alcaraz, the dominant player on the Tour in 2022 with four leading titles per season, faces fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas for a place in the Round of 32

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