ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic sprints past Ricardas Berankis and enters last 16



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ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic sprints past Ricardas Berankis and enters last 16

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic earned his 77th Roland Garros victory on Saturday, beating Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 32 minutes. It was the fourth triumph for the Serb over the Lithuanian, controlling the pace from start to finish to set Lorenzo Musetti clash in the last 16.

Thus, Novak became the second player in the Open era with 15 appearances in the fourth round in Paris after Rafael Nadal, playing well so far and hoping to meet the Spaniard in the mouth-watering semi-final. Djokovic lost 17 points behind the initial shot and never faced a break point to mount the pressure on the other side.

Ricardas, who usually trains in Belgrade, couldn't match those numbers, spraying 35 unforced errors and dropping serve six times to propel an 18-time Major winner into the next round. Novak had 30 winners and 18 unforced errors, taming his strokes beautifully and looking strong so far.

Djokovic made a strong start and scored back-to-back breaks in the opener for 6-1.

Novak Djokovic lost only six games against Ricardas Berankis.

The Serb placed a perfect backhand down the line winner in the second game to open a 2-0 gap, confirmed the lead with a hold at 15 and grabbed another break with a backhand winner at 3-0.

Serving for the opener at 5-1, Novak landed a crafty volley winner to take the set in just 26 minutes, hoping for more of the same in the remaining two. Berankis played well in the opening two service games in set number two before Djokovic broke him at 30 at 2-2 to move in front.

Novak confirmed the break with a backhand winner in the next one and brought the following two service games home comfortably for 6-4. Serving in game ten, Novak hit a service winner for two sets to love advantage after only an hour.

Berankis got broken at the beginning of the third set, and again at 0-2 from 40-15 in front to fall further behind. Djokovic held after two deuces in games six for a 5-1 advantage and moved over the top with another break a few minutes later to sail into the fourth round, where he plays against the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti.