Tuesday 20 February 2018

Nadal and Djokovic enjoy landmark Paris victories

Djokovic: Through to third round Getty Images
Djokovic: Through to third round Getty Images

There were landmark wins for Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the second round of the French Open.

Nadal became the eighth player to record 200 grand slam victories, thumping Argentina's Facundo Bagnis 6-3 6-0 6-3. After losing the first two games, Nadal won 18 of the next 22 and arrives in the last 32 having barely broken sweat.

The nine-time champion said: "I didn't even know, so the most important thing is a victory in the second round more than the 200 victories. That's only another number."

World number one Djokovic had a tougher time against Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis but avoided dropping a set in a 7-5 6-3 6-4 victory.

It was his 50th win at Roland Garros and made him the third player in the Open era, after Roger Federer and Serena Williams, to rack up a half-century at every slam.

Djokovic said: "I'm pleased to get the job done in three sets but there were things that I definitely didn't like in my game today. Too many unforced errors from the first or second shot in the rally.

"It's kind of expected at the beginning that you are a bit rusty on the court, and hopefully things will get better."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looked set to become the biggest casualty of the men's tournament so far when he lost the first two sets against Marcos Baghdatis. But Tsonga, a semi-finalist in two of the last three years, recovered to win 6-7 (6/8) 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2.

On the women's side, it was same court, same scoreline - the Williams sisters followed each other into the third round.

Defending champion Serena and her elder sister Venus, seeded ninth, respectively beat Brazilian Teliana Pereira and American Louisa Chirico 6-2 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

World number one Serena went first but she did not stay to watch her sister.

"I think we're unfortunately really focused on our match. And I say unfortunately because in a few years we'll be like, 'Wow, that's a great moment'," the 21-times singles grand slam champion told reporters.

"But right now we have to be focused on what we want to do in going out there and winning the match."

Serena, who has lost five games in two matches, will next take on local favourite Kristina Mladenovic, the 26th seed, or Hungary's Timea Babos.

Venus, who was barely bothered by compatriot Chirico, will take on either local favourite Alize Cornet or German Tatjana Maria.

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