Number one in the world and defending champion Novak Djokovic entered the third round of the French Open on Wednesday by beating the new student of his former old coach. Top-class Djokovic defeated Slovakian Alex Molcan, who is coached by Marian Vajda, the man who inspired most of his 20 Slam titles, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). Djokovic shot 10 aces and 40 winners past his 38th-ranked opponent, then takes on Slovenian Aljaz Bedene for a place in the last 16.
Alexander Zverev, third-seeded and 2021 semi-finalist, saved a match point against Argentina’s Sebastian Baez as he fought back from two sets behind to reach the third round of the French Open on Wednesday.
Zverev defeated Baez 2-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5 after three hours and 36 minutes.
He will play against Tallon groenpoor or Brandon Nakashima for a place in the last 16.
Fourth seed Maria Sakkari crashes out
The Greek fourth seed Maria Sakkari crashed in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday and lost 7-6 (7/5) and 7-6 (7/4) against the Czech world number 81 Karolina Muchova.
Sakkari, a Roland Garros semifinalist in 2021, is the fifth top-10 women to lose at Roland Garros in the first four days.
Muchova has matched her point to the third round 12 months ago and will then face 27th-seeded Amanda Anisimova, who reached the final 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 this way,” said Muchova.
The 25-year-old reached the semifinals at the Australian Open last year and the last eight for the second time at Wimbledon, but is only playing her fourth tournament since the US Open after suffering a stomach injury.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to play at full capacity again.”
Former Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka advanced to the third round of the French Open on Wednesday, as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prepared to keep their Roland Garros title ambitions on track.
Kerber, who won her first clay-court title in six years on the eve of the French Open, defeated 2020 French wildcard and 2020 youth champion Elsa Jacquemot 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) as she searched for the lone Grand Prix. Slam that was missing from her. collection.
The German 21st seed will then play against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the Belarusian who knocked out US Open champion Emma Raducanu 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
“I think last week was very important for me to take the title,” said former number one Kerber of her victory in Strasbourg.
“I had a lot of confidence. It’s great to be back here and I hope I can play a few more games.
“When you achieve everything you want, you play for the love of the game. I just love the sport. Let’s see how long I can keep playing at a high level.”
Azarenka, two-time winner of the Australian Open, defeated 2014 Roland Garros semifinalist Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 7-6 (7/3). She meets Swiss 23rd seeded Jil Teichmann for a place in the fourth round.
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