Novak Djokovic breezes through to the third round of the French Open after beating Pablo Cuevas in straight sets to set up clash with James Duckworth
- Novak Djokovic produced a clinical display to beat Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
- Djokovic will now face Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis in the third round
- Berankis beat Australian James Duckworth 7-5 2-6 7-6(4) 6-0 to set up the clash
World No 1 Novak Djokovic put on a clinical display to stroll past Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Thursday and reach the third round of the French Open.
Cuevas, ranked 92nd, showed flashes of resistance against the 34-year-old Serbian but the top seed raised his game when he needed to and produced some sublime winners off his backhand to keep alive his chase for a 19th Grand Slam title.
Djokovic broke Cuevas’s serve a second time to go up 5-3 in the opening set but found himself 0-40 down on his own serve. The Serbian, however, grabbed the next five points to seal the lead on a sunlit Suzanne Lenglen court.
Novak Djokovic is through to third round of the French Open after beating Pablo Cuevas
The Serbian produced a powerful and dominant display on the clay courts of Roland Garros
The 35-year-old Cuevas’s challenge fell away as Djokovic broke his opponent’s serve three more times to complete the win and set up a clash against Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis, who beat Australian James Duckworth 7-5 2-6 7-6(4) 6-0.
Cuevas showed fight particularly in the third set but was ultimately overwhelmed by Djokovic
Djokovic will be hopeful of adding to the solitary French Open title that he won in 2016