French Open: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance to third round

Hope Soto
June 1, 2017

Nadal took Benoit Paire apart in the first round in Paris, but felt that his display against Haase on Court Philippe Chatrier on Wednesday was even better.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the winners at the French Open today as Petra Kvitová's comeback from a career-threatening injury ended in second round defeat at Roland Garros.

An emotional Nadal withdrew from the French Open a year ago ahead of his third-round match due to a wrist injury and although he is now pain-free, the tournament favourite is aware that his exploits could catch up with him.

"In the first and second rounds, I'm the favourite, but it's sport and nothing is predictable", the 30-year-old said. I was more or less under control during the whole match, so very happy winning in straight sets is always great news, and Robin is a unsafe opponent always.

American Steve Johnson, still grieving the recent death of his father, advanced to the third round by beating Borna Coric Croatia 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a hard-fought emotional match.

The world's best tennis players must gang up on Rafa Nadal, and agree on a collective policy to slay the Spaniard at Roland Garros, triple champion and former world number one Mats Wilander told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Second-seeded Djokovic barely put a foot wrong in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa, while Muguruza had to dig deep to avoid becoming the first reigning champion at Roland Garros to lose in the second round since 2014, when she upset Serena Williams.

It was the first time Tsonga has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 at a Grand Slam. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand cross-court victor to win 6-4. "I slept for a few hours".

"In the second say he thought about it, and started doing things differently". So I play usually five sets only in important tournaments.

"Every player, they should sit down and have a meeting".

"I love being here and I love playing on this court", Williams said. "I never really found the right pace. She has an aggressive style too", said Muguruza, who arrived in Paris with just three wins on clay this season. Which is unsurprising, given that he boasts a 18-1 win-loss record on clay this year, having won tune-up tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid before arriving in Paris at the beginning of this week.

Moya also believes that Novak Djokovic, the defending champion in Paris, made s smart move in bringing in Andre Agassi as his coach, albeit for just the first week in Paris. She next takes on 2012 runner-up Sara Errani.

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