ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic follows Rafael Nadal, Doiminic Thiem into R2

Tennis - Novak scored the 69th victory in Paris, beating Mikael Ymer in straight sets

by Jovica Ilic
ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic follows Rafael Nadal, Doiminic Thiem into R2

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic is through to the second round in Paris, beating the young Swede Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2 6-3 in an hour and 37 minutes. It was the 69th victory for Djokovic in Paris, seeking the second title after 2016 and the 18th Major crown, suffering only one loss so far in 2020.

Djokovic got broken twice and converted eight opportunities on the return, firing 32 winners and 22 unforced errors to contol the pace and race into the next round. Novak was the only player on the court in the opener, taking 24 out of 31 points for a bagel.

The Serb hit ten winners and one unforced error, giving away three points on serve and stealing 12 out of 16 return points to seize all three break chances and race in front. Under the roof of Court Philippe-Chatrier, Novak painted a backhand down the line winner to grab a break at 15 in the first game.

World no. 1 held at 30 in the second game to confirm the break, stealing Mikael's serve for the second time when the Swede sprayed a forehand error in game three. Novak held at love with a forehand down the line winner to extend the lead to 4-0 in 14 minutes, landed a return winner in game five for the third break and sealed the opener soon after that following a forced error from the youngster.

In set number two, Djokovic started to make more errors (it was impossible to keep the level from the first, though), suffering one break and breaking Mikael thrice in a row for a 6-2. Ymer held at 15 in the first game to add his name on the scoreboard, with Novak leveling the score at 1-1 with a drop shot winner.

The Serb grabbed a break after a terrible backhand from the Swede at the net, only to get broken at 15 in the next one when his drop shot failed to pass the net. Staying composed, Djokovic stole Ymer's serve in game five to move in front again, holding at 30 with a backhand winner in the next one despite a beautiful tweener winner from the youngster.

Novak Djokovic made an impressive start in Paris, beating Mikael Ymer 3-0.

Djokovic forced a mistake from Ymer in game seven to secure a break and move 5-2 up, sealing the set with a volley winner a few minutes later for a 6-0, 6-2 in under an hour.

Mikael held in the first game of the third set with a service winner, giving serve away two games later thanks to a miserable forehand at the net. Novak confirmed the advantage with a forehand winner at the net in game four, losing ground a bit at 3-2 when he hit a double fault to hand the break to Mikael who leveled the score at 3-3.

The youngster claimed the previous two games to remain in touch but had to give serve away again in game seven when Djokovic landed a backhand crosscourt winner. The Serb held at love with a service winner to gain a 5-3 advantage, creating a match point with a forehand winner in the next game and moving over the top with another one.

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