Novak Djokovic eases past Roberto Carballes Baena at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic will compete in the third round in Paris for the 19th straight time

by Jovica Ilic
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Novak Djokovic eases past Roberto Carballes Baena at Roland Garros
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Novak Djokovic is safely through into the third round at Roland Garros. Novak met Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round and scored a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win in two hours and four minutes on Court Philippe-Chatrier. Djokovic notched his 19th consecutive appearance in the third round in Paris, earning his 94th win in the French capital and the 368th at Majors.

Novak started slowly, losing serve in the first game of the encounter, before settling into a pleasing rhythm, serving well and taking charge with a double break. The Spaniard painted a forehand down the line winner for a break at 15 at the beginning of the match, gaining an early boost.

The Serb stayed composed and pulled the break back at love in the third game following a crafty drop shot winner.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak closed the third game at 15 with a nice winner and pushed strong on the return in the next one, generating four break points.

Carballes Baena saved the opening three to climb back to deuce, and Djokovic squandered the fourth with a loose drop shot. Roberto caught Novak's drop shot on a game point and placed a running forehand winner, getting out of jail and locking the result at 2-2.

They served well in the next four games, with the Spaniard staying on the positive side with a hold at love in game eight after a service winner. The Spaniard missed an opportunity for a break point in the ninth game, and Novak closed it with a service winner.

Carballes Baena served to stay in the set at 4-5 and faced issues under pressure.

Roberto Carballes Baena, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic is playing well at Roland Garros.

World no. 1 attacked and created two set points with a smash winner. Novak claimed an extended rally and grabbed the first after the rival's mistake, wrapping up the opener 6-4 after 50 minutes. Interestingly, Djokovic struggled behind the first serve in the second set.

He lost serve once after already building the advantage and controlled the pace with three breaks of serve. Novak produced two fine holds and broke Roberto in game two after the rival's wayward forehand. World no. 1 made another push on the return in the fourth game, welcoming Carballes Baena's backhand error and forging a 4-0 advantage.

The Spaniard pulled one break back in game five before suffering the third straight break in the next one after a double fault, propelling the Serb 5-1 in front.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Djokovic claimed an entertaining point with a smash winner for two set points and wasted them.

Novak landed a volley winner at the net for the third set point and held after Roberto's loose backhand, opening a 6-4, 6-1 advantage after an hour and 26 minutes and moving closer to the finish line. The Serb barely lost a point behind the initial shot in the third set, mounting the pressure on his opponent.

Novak broke in the first game and forged a 3-1 advantage with two fine holds. World no. 1 landed a forehand winner for three break chances in the fifth game and forced the rival's mistake for a break at love and a 4-1 lead. Djokovic painted a forehand winner in the sixth game, holding at love and forcing Carballes Baena to serve to stay in the match.

The Spaniard secured the seventh game after deuces, reducing the deficit to 5-2 and prolonging the action. Novak served for the win in game eight and held at 30, sealing the deal and moving into the third round.

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